The Northern Elders Progressive Forum and Northern Professionals Development Group have healed praises on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the ongoing military operations, significantly, the airstrikes in major terrorist hideouts in the North West.
The groups also urged northern political gladiators and traditional and religious leaders to tolerate one another politically for peace.
In a statement signed by the chairman and secretary of the group, Dr Usman Sani and Comrade Yusuf Abubakar Dingyadi, on Sunday at the end of the two-day meeting in Kaduna, the groups urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to allow itself to be used as a political tool to soil the hard-earned image of some respected politicians in the north.
The statement partly read, “While we commend the efforts of the new leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under Mr Ola Olukoyede in the fight against corruption, we have no doubt that the new EFCC boss will stick to the standard of the operation of the commission.
Commenting on military airstrikes on bandits’ hideouts, the groups said, “The air strikes and ground operations in Sokoto, Zamfara and some parts of Kaduna and Niger states have yielded much success, which has tremendously forced the majority of them to leave their enclaves looking for shelter.
“While praying for continued peace and political cohesion in our region and the nation in general, we appeal to the northern political elite, religious and traditional leaders to create an environment of political understanding, unity and mutual respect for one another.
“They should not allow political differences to destroy our common interest, unity, and survival of the region.”