The Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 northern states and Abuja warned on Monday that the region cannot achieve any meaningful progress or determine the fate of the presidency in 2015 when it is still divided along ethnic and religious lines.
The group also called on politicians from the region to learn how to respect those in leadership positions and to stop over heating the polity with their personal political ambitions; pointing out that such leaders were elevated into such positions by God which they don’t have the power to question.
Delivering an address at a two day annual conference organised by the youth wing of the religious body in the region, Secretary General of the Christian body in the north, Professor Daniel Babaye decried the high rate of killing and other social vices in the region, which he attributed to tribal and religious intolerance as well as bad leadership.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal who was represented by his special adviser on legal matters, Mr Chille Igbawua stressed the need by the government, society and the youths to address the issue of violence, pointing out that the series of violence and youth restiveness in the country are as a result of unemployment and frustration.
Participants at the conference themed “building trust, tolerance and understanding among divide towards peaceful co-existence and political awareness in northern Nigeria for sustainable growth and development” agreed that for the region to overcome the current security and economic challenges, those in leadership positions must come to terms with the issues on ground and initiate practicable programmes that are geared towards providing a peaceful environment for the people, and most importantly, provide jobs and improve the welfare of the people.