OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has addressed northern leaders over the incessant killings taking place in the country, especially within their region.
He urged them to partner with the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the problem. Saraki made this call while addressing a delegation from the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA), who visited him at the National Assembly.
According to a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, Saraki noted that peace and unity is essential to achieve the overall development of the country. He also commended the group for rising up to contribute to a peaceful and prosperous country.
He said: “By this time, as elders, you ought to be resting, but the patriotism in you brought you out. You said you are political but non-partisan, we are all political and we need to get Nigeria in the right direction.
“Being leaders, this is the time to find lasting solutions. This is not the time for blame. This is the time for us to bring peace and regional dialogue. No society worth its salt will keep quiet in the face of these killings.
“Something somewhere is wrong. We need to meet to bring about peaceful coexistence and unity in this country. Part of the solution is to know that something is wrong.
“I am happy that you are here and we will speak truth about the problems and to conduct ourselves on how to encourage dialogue and ensure that the right thing is done,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the group and leader of the delegation, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, said the purpose of the visit was to brief the President of the Senate on the formation of the organization, including its aims and objectives.
He said the group would soon organize a Northern Political Summit to address the identified problems, and would appreciate the support of the National Assembly in hosting the event.
Members of the delegation included a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, former Minister of Defence, Haliru Bello Mohammed, former Governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, former FCT ministers, Bala Mohammed and Abba Gana, former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Inna Ciroma, Dr. Umar Ardo, Hajia Zainab Maina, Dr. Mamman Shata and Senator Joseph Waku, among others.