Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, said in Kaduna on Thursday that the bombing and killings perpetrated by members of the Boko Haram sect were indicative of Nigeria being a failed state.
He therefore said something urgent should be done to arrest the ugly trend.
Specifically, the governor who was guest speaker at a one-day summit organised by Coalition of Civil Society Groups and Non-Governmental Organisations, and coordinated by CITAR-NGO in Kaduna, also warned that there would be no North if the activities of the Boko Haram sect was left to persist.
Also at the event, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alfa Belgore, who chaired the occasion, insisted that the Boko Haram sect was being sponsored and trained by countries that would not want Nigeria to exist.
According to the governor, the mindless killings in the region are an index of a failed nation, which pose a grave danger not only to the people of the region but the entire country.
He added that if not handled decisively, it would ground the economy of the North.
Suswam said northern leaders and indeed the Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, take the bulls by the horns by tackling the challenge of the insurgence in the region decisively.
He warned that the repercussion of the activities of the sect could better be imagined in the next 10 years when the entire economy of the North must have collapsed.
Suswam said, “The mindless killings going on in the North clearly indicate that Nigeria is heading towards being a failed society, and all indices are there.
“In the North, where dignity was the order of the day, unfortunately today, we are mindlessly killing people. Everyday you wake up you hear stories of 10 people being killed here and there. I feel that we must collectively, especially those of us from the North, take the issue very seriously.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Our diversity, our strength,’ Suswam traced the problem confronting the North to lack of respect for one’s cultural diversity.
The governor noted that in a democratic framework, there must be strength in diversity. According to him, rather than harnessing the nation’s diversity for strength, there has been cause to wonder if the reverse has not been the case.
In his remarks, Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, represented by his deputy, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, said Nigerians must eschew all forms of sentiments and suspicion against one another and see themselves as one people united under one God.
He said it was unfortunate that rather than Nigerians to exploit the advantage of economy of scale in moving the country forward, “we have allowed issues of differences in creed to drag the nation backward”.