The Federal Government has sued for the cooperation of Northern leaders towards the restoration of peace in the North.
The Minister of Information and Communication, Labaran Maku, made the call on Monday in Jos, Plateau State at the flag-off of the Digital Switch-Over held at the Eliel Centre in Jos.
Maku urged the insurgents in the North to sheath their swords for region to benefit from the wealth that awaits them through the digitalization of the broadcast media.
He appealed to those in leadership positions to imbibe the spirit of understanding and tolerance amongst them for the country to forge ahead.
According to Maku: “The North is known for her high moral discipline and good conduct.
“So it is time for our people to give peace a chance and embrace oneness.”
Maku re-assured Nigerians that everything is being done to mobilize support for families that cannot afford the set up boxes to enjoy the digital switch over in homes.
Maku promised that the Federal Government would provide Nigerians with over 40 million “set up boxes”, which would cut across the 36 states of Federation.
It would strictly be for low income earners.
He also congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for the successful flagging off of the campaign for switch-over to digital television in Nigeria in spite of the security challenges in the country.
He said with the flagging off of digital programming in the country, Nigeria will be the largest employer of labour in West Africa.