By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday said the North Central region will further develop the country.
Saraki said the region will determine the future of Nigeria.
According to him, the mineral resources deposit in the region is a huge source of income in the future.
Saraki disclosed this when he received the leaders of the North Central People’s Forum (NCPF) in his Abuja home.
He also said that the North Central region belongs to Nigeria and deserves every consideration others will get in the 2023 permutations.
The former Senate President, who was made patron of the NCPF, said he is very happy with the formation of the forum adding that it was long overdue.
He said the concept for the establishment of the NCPF was for the people of the region to come together and share ideas on how to develop the area.
His words: “The nomenclature is now clear, the boundaries are clear,” Saraki said of the North Central People’s Forum.
“The whole purpose is for development. Politics should not be considered at this stage.
“The future of the country lies on North Central because of the mineral resources,” Saraki said adding, “if the North Central is developed, Nigeria will develop”.
He said his late father and Chief Sunday Awoniyi did their best for the region and called on the people of the North Central to ensure that they support the leaders to achieve success.
While urging the leaders of NCPF to take their work seriously, Saraki called for unity among Nigerians.
“There are many areas Nigeria can explore to develop. Areas of agriculture and mineral resources need to be developed. As I said, we have all these in abundance in the North Central.
“If you look across the North Central region, irrigation farming is inadequate considering the huge opportunity we have.
“We need to make it a priority not only for the North Central region but the entire country. That is where the future is. If the North Central developed, the better it is for the country,” Saraki added.
Asked about the 2023 permutations, Saraki said the North Central region is part of Nigeria and deserve every consideration.
“North central is part of Nigeria, North Central has the right like every other part of Nigeria. I believe your question is answered,” he added.