The North, under the aegis of the Arewa Consultative Forum, was angry on Thursday that President Goodluck Jonathan rejected calls on him to grant members of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram total amnesty for them to ceasefire in their four-year old terror against the state.
The ACF, rising from an emergency meeting in Kaduna, expressed concern over the security challenges across the country.
The organisation said to avert the looming danger and the total collapse of its economy, its patrons, comprising former heads of state(military and civilians) and other leaders from the region, must come together to tackle the insecurity in the North.
The ACF, in a communiqué signed by its Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, said, “Arewa Consultative Forum held an emergency Joint Meeting of Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee members on March 27,2013,in its Conference Hall, Kaduna. The meeting was well attended, and chaired by Alhaji Aliko Mohammed, Dan Iya Misau.
“The deliberations of the meeting centered mainly on the escalating security challenges across some parts of the North and the increasing toll in human lives and properties; and resolved that the following statement be issued:
“The emergency joint meeting felt very concerned about the seeming inability of the authority to bring the unfortunate situation under control, especially the total rejection of calls for amnesty to the insurgents without offering any viable alternative course of action.
“ACF, therefore, decided that all its patrons and all northern leaders across faiths and irrespective of political divides must come together and live up their collective security challenges that have become serious threats to the socio economic and political development of not only the North but also of the entire nation.”