The founder of the group, ‘Northern Friends of the South-South’ Suleiman Yerima, has claimed that the nation is not helpless with the growing insecurity plaguing the northern part of the country with fears that it might spread to the other regions.
Yerima, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), noted that fighting insecurity is not totally a government issue, as he argued that every Nigerian has to play a vital role in the issue of security.
He made this known on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, where he discussed issues affecting the nation.
When asked the reason for naming the group as ‘Northern Friends of South-South’ and not ‘Northern Friends of Nigeria’ , Mr Yerima explained that it was during the regime of late Sani Abacha that the group was created.
According to him, there was a lot of problem between both regions, and he deemed it necessary to bring the parties together, hence the birth of the group.
He also traced the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, saying it came in gradually in stages as the initial phase was with local politicians and it graduated to the level of kidnapping and the third phase is what is now being experienced.
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