Niger State Governor and Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has described as insulting and disappointing, insinuations by certain delegates at the ongoing National Conference that the North is a leech.
Aliyu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, said he was disappointed that some members of the National Conference described the North as leeches during a debate on resource control.
He stated this recently while breaking his fast with a group advocating religious harmony, led by Solomon Dalung, in his residence in Minna.
He said: “Only a few days ago, I hosted some members of the National Conference and I was saddened to hear that some members of the conference are calling the Northern states leeches on account of the ongoing debate on resource control.
“For someone to call a section of the country leech is a matter that can cause trouble and that does not need religion or level of education to make it go out of control. Oil is not something that anyone owns and it is sad if some people want to change that law now”.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, Dalung, had said they were in Minna, the Niger State capital, to solicit the support of the NSGF through the chairman, to key into their vision for peace to reign in the region.
He said: “We are not in the wrong place. The Chief Servant is the chairman of NSGF and we are sure that he will help us to convey our message of peace to his colleagues. We have visited the Sultan and now you. We have spoken with the spiritual leader and now we are speaking with the political leader of the North”.