Set up a reconciliation committee to help with previous government proposals. | By Iferi Etuk
The Northern Governors Forum, on Wednesday, unveiled a reconciliation committee to help address the debilitating violence the governors, for the first time admitted, was bringing the region to its knees.
The governors said the violence in the region north was beginning to paralyse socio-political and economic activities in the area and needed to be tackled.
The new committee is expected to make proposals from previous government investigations of the crisis that has been largely led by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram.
It is also to dialogue with aggrieved groups and reconcile warring parties within the northern communities.
The committee has former ambassador, Zakari Ibrahim, as its Chairman; while Joshua Dimlong, the paramount ruler of the Angas tribe of Plateau State, will be deputy.
Others are retired police commissioner, Abubakar Tsav; retired Assistant Inspector of police, Hamisu Ali Jos; Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Gambari; and Bishop Mathew Kukah.
Retired military officers, Marshall Mohammed and Martin Agwai; Sheikh Ahmad Lemu; and Aisha Oyebode, are also members.
The committee has 90 days to submit its recommendations.
Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who is also the Chairman of the forum, said the nation?s troubles were as a result of years of corruption that had widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
?We have realised that most of the challenges we are facing of poverty, unemployment, youth restiveness and violence are manifestation of rejection of core values of honesty, fairness and justice in our communities, societies and indeed the nation,? he said. “We have allowed greed, corruption and incompetence to overwhelm us overtime.”
He said the insecurity in the northern part of the country had become a threat to the stability of the country and deserved urgent attention.