THE Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has resolved to find solutions to the menace of Boko Haram, cattle rustling and kidnapping that have ravaged the region in recent times.
The ACF met on Tuesday, at its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on Sokoto Road, Kaduna.
The meeting was chaired by the deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Forum, Air Vice Marshal Mukhtar Mohammed (retd), who said “it was time the North took its rightful position in the affairs of the nation.”
According to him, “now that there is dwindling capacity of crude oil as the mainstay of our country’s revenue, we should develop our solid minerals sector and agriculture in moving the North and this country forward.”
Mohammed remarked that the time when states relied on oil as the revenue base of Nigeria was over, saying “we should look inwards into our solid minerals and agriculture, and develop the sectors, thus improving the revenue of the North and Nigeria in general.”
Meanwhile,while presenting the report of ACF, its Secretary-General, Colonel John Ubah (retd) stated that the Forum was already looking into ways of addressing the menace of insurgency, cattle rustling and kidnapping which have ravaged the region.
He disclosed that the forum was contemplating organising a security summit, with a view to sensitising stakeholders on the menace of insurgency, kidnapping cattle rusting, among others in the region.”