A Northern Coalition Group, known as The Movement For A New Arewa, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant former governor of Plateau State, Mr Joshua Dariye, presidential pardon for the interest of peace.
The group noted that Chief Joshua Dariye has been in prison since the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the country.
National President and National Secretary,
Mal. Abdulkareem Bayero and Alhaji Abdullahi Musa, in a statement “called on President Muhammadu Buhari in his usual magnanimity to extend presidential pardon to former Plateau State Governor Joshua Dariye for the interest of peace.”
The group observed that “Chief Joshua Dariye who has been in prison since the inception of the present administration needs to breath an air of freedom as a citizen of the country.”
The group is of the opinion that if the north is to return to its past glory, the likes of Senator Joshua Dariye must be released from prison to join in the peace building process of the country.
According to the statement, “Our coalition is dogged in its commitment to establishing a New North where trust, friendship, mutual respect, unity, and different ethnic groups will co-habit again peacefully, in the spirit of one north as preached, demonstrated, lived and died for by our founding fathers the Sarduanas, Tafawa Balewas, Sunday Awoniyis, Gowon, Joseph Tarkas, among others.”
The group opined, “We must strive by all means to foster and forge unity and peace towards achieving a united north and by extension a united Nigerian as a people.”
It noted that “insecurity has no respect for religion, ethnic group or region, therefore to avoid the disintegration of the country which has been deeply divided and polarised along religion and ethnic lines, North must remain resolute in their commitment to building and cementing a virile region through promoting peace, unity, religion tolerance and inter-ethnic harmony which it is known for.”
The group expressed delight with President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Defence, National Security Adviser, Service Chiefs for their new approach of taking the war to the bandits.
It noted that the renewed zeal by the military was no doubt yielding results in Zamfara, and called for extension to all the 19 northern states to annihilate the bandits, kidnappers and all criminal elements “so that they (bandits) would be addressed in the language they understand.”