Northern group appeals to Buhari to pardon ex-Plateau governor, Dariye, over his 10-yr jail sentence

A norther coalition group, “Movement For A New Arewa”, has appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari to extend presidential pardon to former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye.

The group made the appeal in a press statement jointly issued to newsmen, signed by its National President, AbdulKareem Bayero and its National Secretary, Abdullahi Musa, in Kaduna.

According to the group, Dariye, who has been in prison since the inception of the present administration, needs to breath an air of freedom as a citizen of the country.

The group stressed that if the North was to returned to its past glory then the likes of Dariye must be released from prison to join in the peace-building process.

Recall that Dariye has been in prison since the inception of the present administration. The Supreme Court had in March upheld Dariye’s conviction over criminal breach of trust, which attracted a 10-year jail term.

The group further said, “Peace can only be achievable, if the broken and burnt bridges, of friendship, brotherhood and a healing process by all those who have been hurt, injured and aggrieved, among the various ethnic nationalities the likes of Hausa/Fulani, Tiv, Birom Gbagyi and others, come together in a round table to discuss the way forward and towards finding a lasting solution to addressing prevailing insecurity that had destroyed the North.

“We must strive by all means to foster and forge unity and peace towards achieving a united north and by extension a united Nigerian as a people”.

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