Danjuma, who said this on Saturday in Zaria, Kaduna State, during his conferment with the traditional title of Jarma Zazzau by Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, also decried the state of the nation and its economy which he said were in tatters.
He added that the country needed at this point was the wisdom of patriotic elders who would guide it in the right direction adding that the confused nature of Nigerians was a clear indication of failure on the part of its leaders.
The former army chief took the North to the cleaners saying that in a highly competitive world, the region’s children were missing out in qualitative and functional education, adding that poverty had become the lots of northerners.
Danjuma urged northern leaders to do less talking because according to him, they are “talking too much and doing less for the development of the North. We urgently need to put our house in order so we can overcome our various challenges.”
He added, “This is the time for elders to be circumspect and temperate in their utterances. It is not in our character as northerners to talk too much. We need to think more, pray more, plan more, work harder, relate better, but talk less. Battles are fought and won through wisdom and strategy than through inflammable pronouncement and political tantrums.
“It is most appropriate and gratifying that I am receiving this honour in Zaria where I spent some of my formative years. Zaria was one of the few northern cities that first opened her gates to pioneer missionaries in Northern Nigeria, which is why Wusasa has become the second home of many northern Christian leaders.
“Zaria has therefore distinguished itself as a beacon of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence and educational advancement. Nigeria and especially Northern Nigeria urgently need to recapture the spirit of Zaria, the spirit of knowledge, tolerance, harmony, peace and prosperity.
“In spite of the many years of mismanaged opportunities and resources, I still believe that Nigeria can be reawakened and rebuilt to achieve greatness. If we renew our minds and reconcile with one another, if we coordinate our determined efforts, we can make Northern Nigeria self-reliant and self-sufficient, while enhancing the unity and prosperity of all Nigerians. But we must first have peace.”
He noted that as long as there was a wild gulf between the rich and the poor, there would be no peace and harmonious coexistence in the country.