The Arewa Consultation Forum, ACF, has said that Nigeria can not survive without the North. Ibrahim Coomasie, the forum's chairman, said this when he received members of Jammiyar Matan Arewa, a women group, on Tuesday.
Coomasie urged the leaders in the region to be united and change the bad notion about the north. He lamented the insecurity in the region saying it was the worst challenge the region was facing.
“We all know that without the north, Nigeria can never survive.
“We still stand by it. But now is the time to walk the talk in the interest of our people,” he said.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the rescue of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. He also condemned the killing of women and children in the region by terrorists.
“Chibok girls are still missing. Now it has gone to Dapchi in Yobe state, what happened? Are we always going to be the victims?” he asked.
“See what Boko Haram did to the north-east. They have spread to the north-central and even to the southern part of the country. Should we continue to be regarded in the negative side? No. We are leaders in our own right and we must exercise this responsibility for our people.
“Enough is enough; enough of killings of our women and children; enough of the kidnapping of our daughters and enough of the destruction of our property. We are proud that you have come forward to meet us to discuss this issue.”