The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has tasked Northern state governors to learn from President Goodluck Jonathan’s gesture of commissioning new Almajiri model schools.
The organisation said in a statement in Kaduna, signed by Anthony N.Z. Sani yesterday. It commended the president for the gesture, to which it appealed to the governors to replicate.
ACF said, “This is a healthy development, considering the huge number of children not enrolled into schools in the Northern states. The meeting therefore called on Northern state governments to follow up on the momentum Mr. President is building to achieve a more rapid improvement in the quality and volume of primary and secondary education in the North.”
On the Boko Haram insurgency, the organization said only dialogue will bring to end the insurgency, “Since both terrorism and the use of force against same have never won any such war anywhere in the world, it stands to reason to appeal that the perpetrators should lay down their arms and embrace constructive engagements as the only viable option of addressing any perceived grievances. More so that few things are less pleasing to God when innocent people are killed in the name of God or revenge of acts they know nothing about.
“The heart-wrenching news of attacks of some media houses in Abuja and Kaduna two days ago came to ACF as a big surprise, precisely because without the roles of the media, however imperfect, the situation could be worse. Therefore, as a hedge against such unsavoury prospect, ACF calls on the perpetrators of such dastardly acts to desist in the interest of the larger society. ACF also wishes to condole with the management of Thisday, Sun and The Moment, as well as with others who lost loved ones and property, and pray God to make it possible for all affected to endure what have happened and to replace the losses many folds.”