Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, has said that Boko is holding Nigeria captive and drawing the country many years back in the comity of nations.
He said Nigeria cannot move forward unless the problem of insurgency and the activities of other ethnic militia are curtailed.
Sule spoke in Jos on Wednesday after presenting a paper titled “Approach to Nation Building” at a centenary lecture organised by the Law Students’ Society of Nigeria, University of Jos, Plateau State.
He said massive corruption in the system and such criminal vices, have drawn the country many years back thus hampering development.
Sule, who was Nigeria’s former permanent representative at the United Nations also chided the youths for shirking their responsibilities as vanguards for development and giving up their positions as leaders of tomorrow while going about celebrating irresponsible leaders.
He said, “Nigeria is facing turbulent times with the activities of insurgents groups, such as Boko Haram and if they are not checked the country may be in fir more problems”
The NEF Chairman who was represented at the lecture by a don, Mr. Solomon Dalong said, “Our leaders today were leaders at 23, they were leaders at 40, and at 70, they are still leaders.
“It is very sad that unionism today has been corrupted and our young generation have given up their positions as a result of corruption.
“These were the vices that destroyed the unity of this country and led to the question whether the amalgamation of this country in 1914 is a blessing or a curse.”
In his remarks, the spokesman for the NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said Nigeria’s currently fishing in troubled waters and so called for concerted efforts to check the rising insurgency in the country.
He said, “We know that Nigeria is in trouble and we ask, where do we find solace or solutions?”