Violence now means of livelihood for northern children, says ACF

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One of the most prominent groups in Nigeria, Arewa Consultative Forum, has lamented the increasing rate of violence in the region.

The forum’s , Chief Audu Ogbeh, said this when he led a delegation Maiduguri, meet the Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, according a statement on Monday.

The statement was titled ‘Arewa Consultative Forum visits Zulum, says security situation depressing’.

The statement noted that the ACF delegation was in Borno on Sunday empathise ’s serial , particularly the most recent, which was the beheading of 43 farmers of Zabarmari community in Jere Local Government Area.

Ogbeh, who is a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, told Zulum that the security situation in Nigeria, was depressing, noting that elites in the region now have nothing leave behind as legacies for the generation.

The statement quoted Ogeh as saying, “We are depressed, very depressed. And anyone of us, of age, who was depressed, he was well-born. Because we have nothing to leave behind for children, and violence will sustain us. The tragedy of the North today is that the only industry left is politics, and politics alone has never grown any society.

“We have to re-grow , we have to re-grow the north, we have to re-grow Nigeria. We have no industries, agriculture has declined and own children have now turned to violence as a means of livelihood. Your Excellency, in ACF we have decided that we will talk too much politics, we decided to focus on something else, we are going to start a program of developing small-scale agro-industries across the north.”

The forum also condemned the attack on innocent farmers earning their legitimate means of livelihood around Zabarmari, describing it as barbaric and inhumane.

The of the Board of Trustees of the forum, Amb Shehu Malami, delivered a message and prayed for the restoration of peace in Borno and Nigeria.

members of the delegation included Alhaji Ibrahim Sule, Alhaji Murtala Aliyu, Alh. Baba Sule Bisala and Alhaji Kabiru Ladan.

Governor Zulum expressed appreciation for the commiseration and urged to find lasting solutions to the crisis in the North-East.