Abuja - Members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) have written to President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that the Northern region was shortchanged in the 2016 budget, which they say lacks equity.
According to a Daily Post report, the 10-paragraph letter claims that the region is being marginalised under Buhari's administration and that the President needs to allocate more projects to the region over the next three years in order to speed up economic growth.
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“We convey to Mr President our sincere felicitations and pray God to continue to guide you as you steer our national affairs through these difficult times. We have consulted a broad spectrum of opinions in the North, and decided to meet with you and present advice and suggestions that will assist your administration. This is our token contribution to your efforts, and it is made with sincere intention to assist you,” the letter states.
NEF also claims that recurrent spending in the budget is also set up to marginalise the North, alleging that 75 per cent of civil servants come from three geo-political zones in the South.
According to the Elders, the North deserves greater resources and attention, as it is the political backbone of the current administration.
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