Why the North must meet security and economic challenges –Goje

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The Senator representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, Danjuma Goje, said the North will never find its footing unless it tackles the twin scourge of the threat of insecurity and economic deterioration in the North .

The former Governor of Gombe State said this during a public presentation of a book, “Insecurity and Economy of Northern Nigeria in the 21st century and Beyond: A Festschrift in honor of Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed and edited by Maiyaki Mejida of the Nassarawa State University”.

Goje said the threat of insecurity in the form of banditry, kidnappings and terrorism initially started as Boko Haram in the northeast but spread to cover not only northern Nigeria, but almost the whole country.

Goje said, “The North will never find its footing without tackling these two evils. All the cries about democracy and development cannot be met in an atmosphere of general and widespread insecurity like the one that currently prevails in almost every nook and corner of Northern Nigeria.

While explaining the importance of the book, Goje said it will surely and greatly contribute to curbing the general insecurity and economic decline prevailing in Northern Nigeria.

“I believe that governments, at all levels, as well as Nigerian society in general; will find this book very useful. Therefore, I want to especially thank the authors for a job well done.

Also speaking, Senator representing Benue North East Senatorial District Gabriel Suswam said security issues have become the concern of all Nigerians.

“It’s not restricted to any particular region, it’s not restricted to any particular state and so, we are all concerned about that,” Suswam said.

The former Governor of Benue State also said that for anyone who thought it was wise to look at the insecurity plaguing the country, it was worth it.

Earlier, a former secretary to the federation’s government, Yayale Ahmed, said the title of the book couldn’t have come at a better time.

Yayale, former head of the federation’s civil service and defense minister respectively, also said: “If we are serious, if we believe in each other to do the right thing, the right thing at the right time, the north of Nigeria be more than transformed to redeem its image as the most accommodating region in the world.

He challenged those present on the occasion to see the opportunity to make sure they rediscover themselves and come clean and support the nation’s politicians, guide them and make sure the country doesn’t go haywire. in their hands.

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