By Peter Duru
MAKURDI – Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has accused northern leaders of remaining silent in the face of terrorist activities, which had claimed hundreds of lives and property worth billions of Naira, saying the North would soon become a ghost of itself if the leaders failed to act now to end the crises.
Suswam said: “Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Borno states are practically dead due to endless killing of Nigerians resident there, while more states would soon follow suit even as we are pretending that nothing is happening because everyone is scared to talk.
“We must all stand up now to address this situation or posterity will not forgive us.”
He spoke, Thursday, while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi, pointing out that the killings in the North was not only devilish but unacceptable to any right-thinking Nigerian.
Suswam lamented that there had been so much talk of the menace with little or no action on the part of the leaders in finding lasting solution to the killings and wanton destruction of lives and property.
He said: “The situation has got to this level because those who claim to be leaders engage in newspaper discussions without coming out in clear terms to forge a way forward by proffe-ring peaceful resolution of the problem.
“The truth is that the level of killings in the North has become a source of worry to me because what is happening is outright devilish. People are now moving out of the North en masse for fear of being killed.
”Yet all we do is sit down and talk and talk with no action or real moves to tackle the situation. Those who claim to be leaders are not doing anything. They engage in rhetorics without proffering solutions to the crisis.
“The truth is that this is not the time for aimless talks but time for us all to stand up to the situation and find lasting solution to the unfortunate situation.”