A former Head of State of Nigeria, General Abubakar Abdulsalami (rtd), has noted that, with the current state of insecurity in the northern part of the country, it would take at least 20 years of constant effort to bring the region back on its feet.
Abdulsalami said this on Thursday in Yankari, Bauchi State, during the North-East Alliance For Transformation Summit. He then called on all residents of the region to help bring the situation under control by reporting suspicious persons and objects to the relevant authorities.
The former Army General who chaired a session on, “security, politics and economy of the North,” on the second day of the Arewa House Conference on “The North and Strategies for Sustainable Development,” said the major aim of the conference was to restore peace back to the region.
According to him, “Certainly if there is unity we wouldn’t be here at this conference: So since there is no unity, that is why the Arewa House is trying to galvanize it at this conference… It will take 20 years to revive the North. A lot of socio-economic damages have been done. If you go round the affected areas that is when you will appreciate the extent of damages done to the region. We have to work together to revive it.”