Criminal elements are wrecking the economy at grassroot in the northern Nigeria, driving our farmers from their fields, threatening lives and livelihoods and putting food security at risk, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State said on Thursday.
Speaking at the meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, held at the Council Chambers, Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, El-Rufai noted that Communal tensions persist in some places, setting up ethnicity and religion as sources of conflict.
He added:”We continue to grapple with the challenge of protecting our youth from the vice of substance abuse, and empowering them with skills and jobs.”
“we need to accelerate efforts to avail our region every chance to successfully engage the challenges and possibilities of the 21st Century.
“We need enduring peace and security to ensure that our people can prosper and that our states can develop. Amidst the fears and despairs of the moment, we have a chance to offer hope and buoy up the spirit of our people.
“Our people are looking up to us for solutions. We need peace and security in the north and Nigeria. There is no time to engage in analysis-paralysis. There is no room to trading blame. There is no space for partisanship.
“Our people are in dire straits. We must discharge our duty as leaders to them by collaborating across all divides to solve the challenges that confront our region and Nigeria,” he said.