All stakeholders in the North, have been urged to remain calm and maintain democracy while expressing their views about the suspended Ruga settlement project by the Federal Government.
The advice was given by the Northern Governors’ Forum through it’s chairman, Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong.
Lalong in a statement issued in Abuja urged all stakeholders to allow the government to handle the matter.
“We have acknowledged the varied responses that have been coming in throughout the hours after the announcement of the suspension which we see as part of the beauty of democracy.
“This allows citizens to participate in shaping and moderating the functions of government with regards to matters of public interest.
“Meanwhile, we urge all stakeholders and all shades of interested parties, especially from the North, to remain calm and air their views democratically and decently while allowing the government chance to handle the matter.
“In the meantime, we are happy to announce that we are reaching out engagement with major stakeholders in the matter particularly in the North.
“This is after receiving the position of the leadership of the Coalition of Northern Groups with the hope of getting the public to fully understand the whole concept and the wisdom behind the decision by the government.
“We acknowledge here the Coalition’s concerns and in particular, its decency in urging the northern people to remain civil and resist the temptation to be drawn into anything untoward.
“We are reassured that the leadership of the Coalition is genuinely and responsibly concerned with the betterment of the whole nation and with the well-being of the Northern region and people in particular and that it will continue to work for calm and understanding,” Lalong said.
He opined that eventually, the outcome of the suspension would be of benefit to all.
“We are working on a complete package that comes with multi-sectoral and multidimensional benefits that will serve the interest of all, both in the short and long terms.
“We once again urge for understanding and cooperation from all,” he said.