Two youth organisations in northern Nigeria have blasted senate president David Mark over his statement Monday that leaders of the north are responsible for the insecurity crisis in the region.
In a statement jointly signed by Mssrs. Nastura Sheriff for Arewa Youth Development Foundation and Shettima Yerima for Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, the groups said they find it “regrettable that David Mark, himself a northerner and occupying his present office by the grace of the North, should turn round to accuse the region’s elders of being behind the crisis”.
They said it is surprising that Mr. Mark could publicly admit not being aware of “the concerted efforts by the Northern Elders Forum that has cut across religious and tribal boundaries; the various meetings held by the Northern Governors Forum the northern traditional rulers and various coalitions of religious leaders”.
They recalled that the northern elders have in their effort recently visited and presented a comprehensive document advising President Jonathan on how to handle the security situation.
They particularly pointed out that the senate president has not for once “attempted to meet with any of the elders, political leaders; religious or cultural leaders on how to resolve the situation, to now find the courage to point accusing fingers particularly at the elders”.
The groups challenged Mr. Mark to name those he claimed in his statement to be behind the terror group and to tell the world the action he has ever led the Senate to take towards arresting the security threat; while accusing the senate president of not showing any concern to the plight of the people of the region who were most affected by the crises.
“It is on record that Mark has never visited Maiduguri, Kano or Potiskum to console with families of the thousands of people slaughtered in the course of this violence but now finds the voice to criticise respected elders of the North,” they said.