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NORTHERN Elders Forum, NEF, yesterday, described those agitating for secession as agents of disunity



saying their aim was to cause disaffection and chaos among the various sections of the country.
The forum particularly lampooned elders in the North for making remarks that were detrimental to the unity of the region.
“It is unfortunate that at this moment, such unguided remarks are coming out from supposed elders of the region,” the northern elders in a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, by the newly elected convener of the forum, Mr Paul Unongo.
The northern elders’ declaration came against the backdrop of the October 1 ultimatum given Igbo in the north to leave the region by Arewa youth groups.
Unongo spoke when he led executive members of the group to condole with Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State over the death of Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Danmasanin Kano, who until his death was the leader of the forum.
According to Unongo, those seeking to balkanize the country have lost touch with the prevailing realities on the ground.
Unongo, who noted that they were not acting on behalf of the forum and lacked the legitimacy to be recognized, said the bitter lessons of the nation’s civil war had made “every responsible and patriotic Nigerian to oppose any move aimed at putting Nigeria asunder.’’
He said the forum was “no safe haven of those whose penchant for disunity is on a crude pedestal, regardless of the consequences of their campaign of attrition.
“An evidence of our commitment as one northern entity and to sustain the legacy left behind by Danmasanin is the decision of my colleagues in the Forum to trust me with its leadership.”
While berating some elders in the North for making remarks detrimental to the unity of the region, Unongo said: “It is unfortunate that at this moment, such unguided remarks are coming out from supposed elders of the region.
“Tragically, even some senior citizens with distinguished records in key events at turning points in our history, people who know what it took to build this country and pull it away many times from edges of disaster, people who benefitted from peace and development, are today stoking the fire of crisis and unimaginable disaster.’’
In his response, Governor Ganduje described the forum as an “indispensable engine of change in the present democratic setting, given the calibre of personalities controlling its operations and activities.”

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