By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Worried by the problems of insecurity and unemployment ravaging the region,the Arewa Youth Assembly has tasked the Chairman-elect of the Northern States Governors Forum, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State to consolidate on achievements recorded by outgoing chairman of the forum, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno and bring about positive changes in the North.
The group expressed this in a statement signed by its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, made available to New Nigerian on Sunday morning.
“We want to see changes in Northern Nigeria. Changes in insecurity, infrastructure, unemployment, unity and peace,” they demanded.
The leadership of Arewa Youth Assembly felicitated with His Excellency, Rt.HON Simon Lalong on his emergence as Chairman of the Northern Governor’s forum.
“Arewa Youth Assembly believes in your leadership style and we hope this will bring a turn around to the peace loving people of Northern Nigeria.
“His Excellency Lalong should consolidate on the achievements of the out going chairman H. E Kashim Shettima, learn from his lapes and improve from his failure,” they said.
They further pointed out that Governor Lalong should know that insecurity, unemployment, poverty, hatred, herdsmen/farmers clashes, banditry, kidnapping, Illiteracy etc have taken over Northern Nigeria.
“The whole 19 Northern States of Nigeria are suffering from one problem or another. No one is secured. Killings of innocent people is increasing by the day.
“As we congratulate you today, we wish to advise you to please make history by bringing out agendas that will be beneficial to our people.
“You should target the revival of Arewa textiles to reduce the high unemployment rate in Northern Nigeria. As a peace Ambassador, try to unite the divergent groups of Northern Nigeria. Please preach peace, bring peace and stop the killings. Try and write your name on marble as the turning point of peace and unity in northern Nigeria,” they advised.
They warned that he shouldn’t bring partisan politics to the forum but how to help their people from what is killing them daily which is lack of unity among themselves.
“We also wish to appeal to the 19 Northern Nigeria governors to please put their heads together to revive our industries in northern Nigeria. Work as a team and let Lalong be your team leader.
“We also wish to plead with the people of Northern Nigeria to help the Northern Governors Forum led by H.E Simon Lalong to achieve in uniting and the restoration of peace in northern Nigeria,” they concluded.