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North Central leaders oppose secession

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Political, religious and traditional leaders of the six North Central states declared their opposition to attempts to force the country to disintegrate.

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Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, the leaders, under the aegis of North Central Peoples’ Forum (NCPF), said as bridge builders, they must do everything possible to keep the country together and the region safe.

The Director-General of the Forum, Sule Dikeson, said they could no longer watch helplessly their people being killed by alleged foreign agents.

He said: “We should be the peace-builders and be the bridge. We are at the centre of Nigeria. This country must remain united. If there is a crisis, the Middle Belt will suffer more. We must promote peace within our zone.”
SIMILARLY, Arewa Youth Development Association (AYDA) has cautioned agitators in the South East and South West for the balkanisation of Nigeria to withdraw their plans and rather promote the country’s unity and progress.

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Also, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, has called on traditional rulers to wade into the crisis in the country to ensure its stability.

The chairman of AYDA, Alhaji Imran Nas, at a press conference in Kaduna, cautioned those promoting divisiveness to retrace their steps.

He warned the secession agitators to steer clear of “such myopic and ill-advised plan,” adding that Nigeria stood a better chance of realising its potential as a united country.

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MEANWHILE, Pam urged the monarchs to come together to find a lasting solution to the country’s crisis.

In a statement yesterday by his media aide, Pam Ayuba, the cleric explained that Nigeria needed men and women of good standing in the society to pull the country out of the current predicament.

The NCPC boss stated: “Traditional rulers as custodians of our culture should see their roles as peacemakers and leaders, who will always seek the general good of their people.”

WORRIED by the growing insecurity across the country, ActionAid Nigeria has called on leaders and other stakeholders to tolerate one another as a way of preventing violent extremism, and the v.

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The Resilience Programme Coordinator of the non-governmental organisation, Anicetus Atakpu, made the call yesterday at a religious dialogue organised by ActionAid, in collaboration with Participation Initiative For Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID), with funding from Global Community Engagement and Resilience Funds (GCERF).

Atakpu, who traced some of the problems in the country to lack of religious tolerance, described religious leaders as strong factors in the prevention of violent extremism.

ActionAid also called on the Federal Government to fix structural deficits to address violent extremism.

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