North­ern elders call for re­straint be­tween Jonathan, gov­er­nors

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

The Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF) and the North­ern Elders Fo­rum (NEF) yes­ter­day called on Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan and state gov­er­nors to ex­er­cise re­straint in the way they en­gage in pub­lic al­ter­ca­tion.

Pres­i­dent Jonathan and few op­po­si­tion gov­er­nors have been en­gag­ing in war of words in re­cent days on how their re­spec­tive ad­min­is­tra­tions were be­ing run; a move which the north­ern elders said may worsen se­cu­rity con­cern in the coun­try.

A state­ment jointly signed by the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the ACF re­tired Colonel J.I. P Ubah and Dr. Ha­keem BabaAhmed of the NEF said the way the lead­ers ex­change words openly poses threat to na­tional unity and ques­tion their abil­ity to han­dle the af­fairs of the people.

“It has now be­come nec­es­sary to ap­peal to Pres­i­dent Jonathan, state gov­er­nors and other lead­ers to ex­er­cise re­straint in their ut­ter­ances and ac­tions, and demon­strate the high­est qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship. The Pres­i­dent in par­tic­u­lar should lead the vi­tal process of calm­ing nerves by per­sonal ex­am­ple and sen­si­tiv­ity to his role as leader. He should also res­train his aides from mak­ing com­ments which com­pound our col­lec­tive fears in­se­cu­rity,” the state­ment said.

“Gov­er­nors who have grievances against the per­son or ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Pres­i­dent have a duty to prove the ba­sis of such grievances in con­texts which do not com­pound our fears and in­se­cu­rity. Nige­ri­ans want to know the na­ture of the threats we face, and the in­ter­ests be­hind those threats,” the elders said.

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