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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has declared that Northern Nigeria will continue to remain economically backward because of the absence of a strong financial foundation in the region.
The Forum also expalined that the lack of multiple media houses to keep the people of the region well informed is part of the factors that will continue to ensure that the zone remains in the dark and behind other Nigerians.
The socio-polical group made this known in a communique issued and signed by Chairman ACF Board of Trustees, Ambassador Shehu Malami after the Forum’s Board meeting in Kaduna.
The communique which was sighted by Africa Today News, New York read in part, ‘The Board decried a situation whereby the North was left without a single financial institution to advance the economic growth and fortunes of the region.
‘The Board observed that without a sound financial foundation & backing, the North will always remain backward.
‘Similarly, the Board decried the lack of Media houses in the North to keep the citizens of the North well informed.
‘On the problems of unemployment in the North, the Board said it is regrettable that the North has not realised it is sitting on a time bomb which can explode at any time.
‘The Board resolved that there was a need to take immediate action to salvage the youth from lethargy, drugs and substance abuse despondency banditry etc.
‘On the trial Nnamdi Kanu, self-declared leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Board praised the Federal Government, security agencies both local and international that brought him back to Nigeria.
‘The Board said the action of the government in handling the Nnamdi Kanu in such a neat way amid many other security challenges shows that the government is very competent in handling security matters.’
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK