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Arewa Forum Asks FG To Replicate Niger Delta Amnesty Programme For Boko Haram Terrorists

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The Arewa Youth Forum Tuesday urged the Federal Government to replicate the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants for Boko Haram terrorists in the north.

The group spoke when the forum’s leadership paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in Abuja.

Led by the National President of Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Gujungu. It called for the creation of the Northern Youth Empowerment Programme, NYEP, to address unemployment of youth in the region, as according to him, the current insecurity problem in the north had crippled the region’s economy.

Gujungu also asked the 19 Northern governors not to depend on the Federal Government for the development of their respective region.

He said: “We are calling on our elders, particularly the northern governors, to address the issue of unemployment by reviving the agricultural sector, as well as other moribund industries. We urge our governors to forget about the Federal Government and concentrate on their mandate because this is the problem of the north, not the Federal Government.

Gujungu said their visit to the Ministry of Finance was “part of the efforts to create awareness for the establishment of NYEP for the northern youths.
“We are Nigerians, like the Niger Delta people who have their amnesty programme and a lot of people are being empowered there. There is nothing wrong if such programme is extended to the north.”

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  1. gbenga

    2014/04/02 at 7:24 am

    Instead of asking for northern youth empowerment from fg. That demand should be directed to the northern governor cos there is no ground for the fg to create such if at such would be created, it must for the nigerian youth and not for the north only. The northern leaders choose to create chaos in the north without any justification

  2. Ali

    2014/04/02 at 7:36 am

    The Niger Delta group in whichever name you call them are entirely different don’t BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS MY QUESTIONS TO THE SO CALLED AREWA GROUP 1.ON WHAT BASIS CAN THE AMNESTY STANDS. 2. HOW MANY CHILDREN WERE RENDERED ORPHANS. 3. HOW MANY WOMEN WERE RENDERED WIDOWS. 4. HOW MANY TOWNS WERE RENDERED HOUSE -LESS. 5. HOW MANY SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED PERMANENTLY. 6. HOW MANY BUSINESS WERE CLOSED PERMANENTLY. 7. HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE MADE REFUGEES IN THEIR. MOTHER LAND.. HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE MADE PERMANENTLY DISABLED., 8. HOW MANY INNOCENT SOULS WERE LOST. ALL THESE AS A RESULT OF BOKO HARAMS’ TERRORISM.
    No negotiations should be engaged with terrorists. Whoever compare NIGER DELTA MILITANTS WITH BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS IS EITHER IGNORANT OR SENTIMENTAL.

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