Northern elders have blamed the festering insecurity in the country, especially in the Northeast and North-West geopolitical zones, on some leaders and elders of the region, who they said saw the danger in the beginning of the crisis but refused to say the truth.
The northern elders said the attachment of religious and regional considerations in dealing with the crisis was the bane of progress in the war against insecurity, noting that such considerations led them to advise President Muhammadu Buhari against picking security chiefs outside the north.
The elders, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, in a statement, yesterday, particularly traced the origin of heightened insecurity in the north to the appointments made by Buhari in the security circle with little consideration for professionalism and proven competence.
“As difficult as it is in speaking the truth, we feel constrained to admit that our quick resort to religious, ethnic and regional considerations led us to advise the President in wrong directions.
“The war against insecurity could have been a thing of the past if we had made good and informed decisions. We believe the complete consideration of our interest in making appointments into security agencies, among other things, led us to this present situation.
“Our decision resulted in deep drop in the pursuit of the war against terrorists, thus emboldened the adversaries on the other hand.
“Many lives and property have been lost and destroyed. Frontline troops were falling every day to a more determined group of insurgents and bandits, but our decision to remain quiet and not say the truth as things were happening, led us to this present situation,” the elders said in the statement.