Northern Governors Forum And Elders Meets In Abuja

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As part of its concerted effort to address the quit notice issued to Fulani herders in the South-West, The Northern Governors Forum and elders have met in Abuja to discuss the way forward.

Addressing newsmen after their meeting, the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, said the meeting was necessary to douse tension and allay fears.

He said the meeting was to seek diplomatic measures of resolving the issues and chart ways of facilitating the progress of the region.

The chairman said the delegation of northern elders led by Prof. Ango Abdullahi was part of their engagement to address problems of quit notices and other problems in the country.

He said instead of asking people to go away, it was imperative to seek ways of moving forward and maturely addressing the issues.

Governor Lalong said the forum was seeking ways of addressing challenges in the north through engaging State and Federal Governments to facilitate progress in the country.

He said the report would form the basis of taking decisions that would douse the tensions and grievances.

While addressing the journalists, the Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said the meeting was to present the complaints of the northerners to the governors for appropriate action.

He said the meeting with the governors was also to seek their support in some of the initiatives of the elders and to get an update from the governors on their efforts in defending the interest of the north.

Baba-Ahmed said the elders were happy with the outcome of the meeting was productive and constructive.

He urged the governors to collaborate with their colleagues from other parts of the country in ensuring peace in the country.
He appealed to northerners not to take laws into their hands but act responsibly and maturely.

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