The occasion was the inauguration of the Board of Trustees, BoT of Northern Elders Council, headed by former Inspector General of Police, IGP, Alhaji Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta, at the Arewa House, Kaduna.
The group urged Nigerians to support the government to overcome terrorism so that the nation could begin a fresh phase of development.
Speakers at the occasion included elders, governors, deputy governors and the representatives of traditional and religious leaders.
Jimeta in his address, commended members of NEC for their commitment to the peace, progress, unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria. He added that “we share and endorse this commitment without reservation.”
According to him, “many of us have spent most of our lives in the service to this great country and we can say with boldness and a clear sense of responsibility that we owe it to our children and children’s children to make this country more stable, more united and more prosperous than ever before.”
The Arewa leader also urged all northerners to support the aspiration of Jonathan and his VP, Namadi Sambo, in their effort to rid the nation of the security challenges.
Jimeta explained that the good news is that in the midst of all the challenges, the country has remained resilient and has successfully held together. He commended the effort of the Federal Government in the fight against the insurgents.
He expressed his appreciation for the harmonious working relationship that exists between the president Alhaji Namadi Sambo. Saying it was a demonstration of leadership by example.
Yakassai said that the council would provide a platform for northerners for a proactive and constructive engagement in the socio-economic and political spheres of the north and the country in general.
Dignitaries at the occasion jncluded the Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Nuhu Bajoga and his counterpart in Sokoto State Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, etc.