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IBB pledges support for Northern Leaders’ Assembly



IBB pledges support for Northern Leaders’ Assembly

Former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida yesterday lauded the Northern Leaders Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) for ensuring an advancement of the country while he pledged his support for the assembly. Babangida made the pledge when members of the group paid him a courtesy visit in Minna yesterday. The former leader described the assembly as “a forum that should be encouraged because of its commitment to the unity of Nigeria and maintenance of its territorial integrity. “I want to commend you for your idea to ensure the advancement of the country. I believe that we should support peaceful co-existence in the country.

“We will encourage what you are doing and support you to succeed.” Chairman of the assembly, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai described the body as a non-partisan political group, urging people of Northern extraction to register as members of the group irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political belief. He added that “as non-partisan body, our mission is to create and nurture a culture of tolerance and togetherness by providing a platform for northerners to pursue a more civilised line of action in the field of politics.” Yakasai said NLSA which was established on February 10, was dedicated to the promotion of cultural and political unity and amity among northerners and Nigerians at large. The group, however, conferred on Babangida with patron award. Some members of the assembly were Alhaji Umar Gali Na’Abba, former Speaker, House of Representatives, and former Governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu.

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