The Federal Government has challenged Northern leaders to be more courageous in the efforts to end the activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The minister of Information, Labaran Maku also reminded northern leaders that the peace in the Niger Delta did not come easy but for the courage and direct involvement of leaders from the region who went to the creeks to talk to the boys.
The minister spoke during the pre-briefing on the planned Niger Delta stakeholders’ forum slated for Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state.
The stakeholders conference and inaugural meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta is to launch the Niger Delta Action Plan, a set development milestones to be achieved in the next few years.
The plan contains a comprehensive, integrated infrastructure framework which will involve everybody, which is meant to give ownership of projects in the region to the people through collective involvement.
Speaking at the occasion, the minister stressed that the people must understand that it is impossible to have development when peace in the absence of peace.
He noted that with the return of peace in Niger Delta, the region he said in the next 10-15 years would have achieved a lot in terms of development.
He urged all the leaders in the country who believed in one Nigeria to join in the search for peace in the country.
“Whenever violence becomes a way of life development can never be visible”, he said stressing that resources of other region are equally significant, but without peace the country cannot see development.
He therefore charged Northern leaders to follow the steps of Niger Delta leaders who had to go all the way even as far as into the creeks to talk to the militants to embrace peace.
The result he said is evidential now as the country is benefiting from improved production of crude oil which translate to improve income for the country.
He also added that for the fact that the Niger delta are moving forward,we all we move forward because if we move forward,Nigeria will move forward and if any part of this country is moving backward we can’t move forward so that if the Niger Delta presents an example of what
we can achieve when leaders stand up and become courageous and identify with the problems” in the country.