By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Senator Tanko Almakura, representing Nasarwa South Senatorial District has called on the Northern youth to get involve in governance and help in efforts to overcome the current challengers facing the region.
This was made known during his address at the inauguration of the newly elected Speaker, principal Officers and Members the Third Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN) yesterday in Abuja.
According to Almakura the capacity and viability of the north lies on the youths and members of (NYAN).
He said, “You cannot drive the political and economic activities of Northern Nigeria without the youths.
“I admonished you today, to take the lead in the conscientisation of the region to overcome the current challenges bedeviling the region.
“You need to participate actively in the affairs of the state so as to help the government in addressing all the issues that is causing set back to the region.”
Almakura was represented at the event by the Director-General of his Campaign Organisation, Mr Dominic Alancha.
Speaking shortly after his inauguration, the new Speaker, Mr Ibrahim Lawal said the perception of creating minorities and majorities among Northerners should have no place in the region.
He explained that discrimination base on place of birth; faith or ethnic group of any Northerner should not be allow to continue.
“We therefore demand with immediate effect other region governors must take proactive steps to protect members of northern communities who live in their regions.
“We also call on the Federal Government to protect both herders and farmers and to prosecute attackers, and as well as carry out its National Livestock Transformation Plan.
“We condemned the continuous senseless killings, abduction and destruction of lives and properties in the Northern region of the country by terrorist group.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to continue in his efforts to get rid of this terrorist group, who has brought pains and agony to our people.
“We implore our governors who are Chief Security Officers in their various states to continue to support Mr President in ensuring that normalcy returns to the region,’’ Lawal said.
According to him, dialogue is an antidote adding that President Buhari should dialogue with leaders of other regions for the interest of uniting the country, as father of the nation.
Speaking, Mr Ukasha Hamza Rahama, .the former speaker of the second assembly thanked his members for their support.
He said during his term the assembly was about to collaborate with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Ministry of Health to organise programmes for the Northern Youths.
“My Prayer is the new leadership shold continue to press on to ensure that the issue of insecurity is overcome in the north’’.
Similarly, the Chairman Board of Trustee, Northern Youths, Mr John Aba, alsko known as Big Jay, the spirit of the youth in national development cannot be ovceremphasised.
“The strength of the nation lies on the youth. What is happening in the north is cleart sabotage.
“The youth have a big role to play. The northern youths would be a deciding factor in the 2023 general election to produce the president of this country,’’ Aba said.