Northern Crises: APC chieftain urges feuding northern politicians to reconcile


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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) in Bauchi state, Alhaji Bashir Riminzayyam, has urged politicians across the north to bury their swords and reconcile for peace, security and unity to reign.

The APC stalwart made the call at a press briefing on Tuesday in Bauchi on the many lingering crises between and among the politicians across the northern states.

Riminzayam  advised the northern interest group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to step in and work towards reconciling feuding  northern politicians with the aim of fostering unity, peace and stability in the region and the country at large.

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He noted that there are crises everywhere across the northern states arising from avoidable political differences between or among major political actors, adding that the North needs unity now more than ever before because   “without unity we can’t go anywhere.”

“Look at  Kano, due to political differences, there is feud between Kwankwaso and Ganduje, there is feud between Shekarau and Kwankwaso.

“So also in Gombe between Danjuma Goje and Ibrahim Dankwambo, while in Sokoto there’s feud between Wamakko and Bafarawa, and in Kwara, there is feud between Saraki and his sister.

“That’s the case in many northern states and this is also inadvertently threatening the unity of the north,” he said.

According to him, in the past, the late Northern Premier, Ahmadu Bello, late Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa and Regional Governor, General Hassan Usman Katsina of blessed memory, did not allow such feuds and enmity to linger.

“ACF should play this reconciliation effort that was started by our former leaders and elder statesmen in the best interest of the region,” he said.

Riminzayam advised northerners to bury their differences and forget the past and unite themselves to advocate for the achievement of sustainable development of the region.

He named the development projects as the dredging of the River Niger,revitalization of moribund industries, actualization  of all dams and electricity projects and engaging in mechanized farming, as well as harnessing the abundance  of mineral resources in the region.

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