Assistant Secretary General, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in charge of the 19 northern states and Abuja, Rev. Cornelius Fawenu, Wednesday faulted the recent composition of the inaugurated committee on peace and security by the Northern States Governors’ Forum.
Fawenu said the composition has continued to reflect the recycling of old hands rather than vibrant and dynamic emerging leaders.
In a statement issued in Ilorin Wednesday which he personally signed, Fawenu said that the gesture would hinder the forum in getting fresh ideas capable of addressing the security challenges facing the northern states of the federation.
The governors’ forum last week inaugurated a think-tank committee on peace and security in order to find lasting solution to the current security challenges facing some parts of the northern states.
According to him: “It is pertinent to note that the pragmatic solution to any situation requires innovative and charismatic approach from people who are not part of the problem in the first place.”
He said: “As much as experience has no substitute, in like manner the combination of vision and youthful passion required to chart a new course for the future must not be sacrificed for experience.”
Fawenu noted: “More often than not, what is correct must be current to bring sustainable solution.”
According to him: “I strongly appeal that the North should begin to seriously consider the need to involve its youths in all initiatives to chart a new course for a better tomorrow.”
He therefore called on the forum to ensure that new talents are used in ensuring good governance and security of the people of the North.