Insecurity: Northern youth blast Mark for blaming elders

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.




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  • Haba, this is disgusting. Mark is No.2 of the Northern leaders after Sambo, then himself (Mark) and then Tambuwal. I nearly threw up when I read that story attributed to him.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      thank God u didnt threw up then. there are more worrisome news from kano, right now.

      • Concerned citizen

        And Mpitikwelu is happy with that development. God will certainly punish for you also one of the terrorists.

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          Thats the difference between me and Fulbes. I dont wish people death and so cannot be ‘happy with that development’. Every death diminishes us. Something a fulbe will never understand. He loses election. People die. A cartoon in denmark. People die. A preacher holds a crusade. People die. And now its boko haram. I know who God will punish all the killers and their intellectual sympathisers, including u.

  • David Maek is not a northerner. He is from the middle belt and middle belt have its own geografical location that very very close to Bayelsa State and wants to rule . Why the northern elders are not doing anything to his expectation? Coud it be, when the tenuer of the president expires he wants to take over the presidency if the zoning of the PDP is zoned to Middle Belt.

  • Rawden

    Who then does he youth blame? Fairies from Arabia? David Mark has told the truth and the fact that everyone in the North is going, NOT ME GOV!!! Tells a story.

  • Mylere

    Just like El-Rufai said 30% IQ level… I wonder what Mark is lobbying for now from this nonsense of a comment. If the Northern Elders are not doing anything. I guess he is missing the point, that shouldnt be there responsibilities they are just stretching their hands of assistance to also help the government in dealing with this problem as it directly affect there places. But Mark should be responsible for making sure we get that protection as been the no.3 person in Nigeria who are saddle with the responsibility of giving us that security we require. But fail and now he is joining his fail set up of governance to get away with it. He should better Keep quiet and respect his seat he robbed from Young Alhaji. And just butt lick his whatever. They have rig elections and get away with it before. Not again and not forever. I have some level of regards for Mark, but after that senseless statement he mad, Very unprofessional of him.. you are the government deal with it now, why throwing accuses… He has lost it… I wonder what praises he want from GEJ. Hmmm. GOD Dey!