From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Northern group, under the auspices of Arewa New Frontiers (ANF) has condemned the utterance credited to former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, against the recent visit of 10 Northern State Governors to United States of America (USA).
Lamido had condemned the decision of the Northern governors to participate in a two-day symposium organised by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), to address and logically dwell on Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria.
Responding to the attacks from the former Jigawa first citizen, the Arewa Frontiers threatened to drag the former governors to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) if he did not allow these new set of digital governors to find solutions to the problems plaguing the region.
Speaking at a press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday,
Abubakar Lawal, National Coordinator of the group lamented that a man who once held Foreign Affairs portfolio under Olusegun Obasanjo could come to the level of kicking against such moves.
“Lamido as far as we are concerned is a failure and we won’t hesitate to call on the EFCC to dust his case file. It is a fact that the northern states, especially the North West have of recent been most hit by the dare devil activities of bandits and terrorists and the need to go as far as China or across the red sea to find solution to this blight should be a welcome idea instead of condemnation as no one holds the monopoly to knowledge.
“Note that the USIP had invited 10 governors from North West and North Central Nigeria regions. This is not the first time some set of governors also participated in this same kind of meeting some years back. But this visit has since generated unnecessary uproar among few opposing voices in the country with the former Governor of Jigawa State on the top list.
“While the ex-Governor is still entitled to his view and has the right of freedom of speech, criticism and expression, we believe this was not the right time to condemn this all important move by these governors in their mission to salvage the high rate of insecurity that has taken over their states over the years before their elective positions as governors.
“We want to believe the former Governor was attacking the Jigawa state Governor, being his governor, but not the nine other governors because for us he has misfired. Lamido, for the avoidance of doubt should face his trivails with the EFCC and allow these new set of digital governors find solutions to their problems.
“It is even annoying that a person who has held the Foreign Affairs portfolio under Olusegun Obasanjo would be denigrating an international fora meant to find solutions to our problems.
“It is a shame that he has lost touch with realities. How did he know NIPSS and ASCON were not contacted to find solutions to this challenges. He won’t know, because he is an analogue politician,” the group noted.
Reacting further, the group noted: “Again, we see his position on the visit as wasteful and baseless since the results for such visits and participation are not something swift to discern.
“What they might have discussed with their host secretly regarding strategies in tackling the insecurity menace in the north might not be something to disclose openly. So it was unprofessional of the former Foreign Minister to quickly condemn this visit as someone with experience in foreign affairs. After all, even our democracy, judiciary and economic policies are ideas copied daily from the West,” the group noted.