Boko Haram: Northern leaders must wake up – Coomassie

When Boko Haram attack villages, they raze it.

A former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, has urged Northern leaders to tackle the security challenges facing the North.

Mr. Coomassie, who is the Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, gave the advice at the emergency meeting of the group with Northern non-governmental organisation leaders in Kaduna on Sunday.

He said the security challenges caused by the activities of the Boko Haram were a critical moment in the nation’s history.

“We must salvage the North and by extension the whole nation, our success will usher vista of hope, respect, unity and cooperation in the North,’’ he said.

According to him, if the leaders fail to save the north, all of us will go down in history as those crops of leaders who have mortgaged the future of their progeny.

The former police boss called on the northern leaders to speak with one voice, adding: “we must all speak not as members of our individual groups but as members of the arewa family’’.

Mr. Coomassie said that the insecurity in the North could never be imagined, adding that “Northern region is under siege and being attacked from all angles and from all field.

“Our sons and daughter in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa are being slaughtered, raped, kidnapped and maimed.”

He expressed regrets that some town in the North-East were under the control of insurgents, adding that that even the traditional and religious leaders were not spared.

(NAN)


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  • Johnson Omale

    Coomassie thank you. North needs someone that can salvage it at this time and I pray God should use you. Northern leaders are divided because of politics and what they gain from it.

    • Otile

      No way, the accumulation of damage Arewa did itself has rendered the place irredeemable.

  • Imam ali

    Thank you sir,
    All along I have lost hope in northernization policy ,because it appears we no longer have a purposeful leadership, but your clarion call have manifested your quest for a committed leadership , sir you have what it takes to take the leadership of the north . For some times the leadership has been hijack by some group of elders who thought that the association is a platform for settling their cause with their opponent or a source to accure money and fanciful cars , it is sad that elders who are suppose to talk the way you did have been turned in to errend boys of governors for the little stipend they collect. Arena leaders no longer advise governors to embark on policy that will give the north comparative advantage , such as Education, health, infrastructural development instead all that concerns them is accusation of ill gotten wealth.when Sherrif and Ihijerika were jointly accuse of sponsoring Boko Haram falsely the easterners raise to defend their own Ihejerika ,but as for the northerners , they thought it is an opportunity to pull down Sherrif knowing fully well that the allegation is mischievous .we do hope you will never rest on your effort in reviving the lost glory of the north

    • Abdullah Musa

      OK, have it your way.
      The insurgents have no supporters/promoters.

  • redeem

    Only an insane Nigerian would or should ever dream of casting his votes for the fulanis backing boko haram in APC——-I will be shocked to see the average Nigeria look the way of the fulani north and hope to have them rule us again—–the killing of Kudirat Abiola and Abiola himself is very fresh in our minds and–as if the hanging of kensarowiwa is not enough–we now have the north murdering humans at will via boko haram and hoping that relations of the same Nigérians that they have for the past 12 yrs been killing will agains queue to cast their votes for the janjaweeds in APC doing the killing in boko haram———-the fulani north lost their chance to rule 9ja again———————————–until they atone for the sins againt humanity–they should not hope to think that they can as its usual with them- bulldoze their way into the minds and hearts of nigérians———–come 2015–with the filthy money they stole from the oïl wells in the SS——Nigeria is not yet prepared for the fulani north———–no way

  • abujakenneth

    A word is enough for the wise

  • Bin Fodio

    Lets all say AMEN to the prayer:
    May the AlMighty God treat GEJ, his Govt. and PDP the way they are treating Nigeria and Nigerians. AMEN