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North Has Sunk Lower Under Buhari, NEF, ACF, CNG, Others Lament
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North Has Sunk Lower Under Buhari, NEF, ACF, CNG, Others Lament

Seventeen famous Northern groups, including the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) have lamented the region is worse off under President Muhammadu Buhari. This was one of the major outcomes after a two-day Northern People’s Summit in Kaduna. The groups, in a communiqué read by Professor Doknan Sheni, said: “The North invites the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern Governors and legislators to the fact that under their watch the North has sunk lower in all indices of human existence.” They lamented the region has been overtaken by insurgents, bandits and poor governance, urging political actors to change the narratives. The group added: “Delegates at the summit commit to continuously engage in searc...
ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s
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ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have given full backing to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that bandits bearing AK-47 should be shot on sight. The governor said the measure will reduce banditry, clashes between herders and farmers and other forms of criminality. The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) urged caution. Senior lawyers contacted by our correspondents kicked against the order for being contrary to the law and might lead to unintended consequences. All of them agree that it is illegal for anybody to carry an AK-47 rifle unless he is a security operative. Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Garba Shehu told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview aired on Wednesday that the order showed the seri...
ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno
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ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the recent flight ban on Zamfara to other states affected by banditry. Buhari had on Tuesday declared Zamfara “a no-fly zone” and also and banned all mining activities in the state. The directive, disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, followed the release of 279 students of the Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area earlier abducted by bandits. In a statement on Wednesday, ACF’s National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, commended the directive and hailed the release of abducted girls. He, however, said there was need to replicate similar directive in other states such as Benue, Taraba and Borno where there are rumours that helicopters frequentl...
ACF Asks Union To Lift Ban On South-bound Food
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ACF Asks Union To Lift Ban On South-bound Food

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called on the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria (AUFCDN) to put a halt to the blockage of foodstuff from the North going to the South. The Chairman of ACF, Chief Audu Ogbe, in a statement issued in Kaduna, said: “Nigeria is not at war with itself and such a drastic action is not necessary, but will only further complicate the socio-economic and political problems facing our country today. “ACF shares the concerns of Nigerians over the decision of the AUFCDN to stop movements of needed food from the North to the South. “We call on the leadership of the union to put a halt to their so-called embargo and blockade.” Ogbeh further said, “The members of the union were said to have suffered severe ...
Reveal Identities Of Those Behind Kidnappings, ACF Tells Matawalle
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Reveal Identities Of Those Behind Kidnappings, ACF Tells Matawalle

The pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, has asked the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, to name those behind the kidnap of the 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara in Zamfara State. The governor had reportedly said that he knew the identity of the kidnappers and if revealed, Nigerians would be shocked. Matawalle had stated this when emirs in the state paid him a solidarity visit on the kidnap of the students. But the ACF said security operatives should treat the governor as an accomplice to the kidnappers, failure of him to tell Nigerians those behind the dastardly acts. According to the ACF, the north is embarrassed by the statement of the governor and the sundry kidnapping as well as insecur...
Arewa Forum Condemns Attack On Fulani In South West
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Arewa Forum Condemns Attack On Fulani In South West

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned the attack on a Fulani community in the southwest, insisting that such an act was a social upheaval that may destabilize the country. ACF also alleged that security agents did nothing when the attack was carried out. Emmanuel Yawe, National Publicity Secretary, Arewa Consultative Forum, in a statement on Saturday entitled “STOP THE DRIFT IN THE SOUTHWEST”, recalled that the civil war in the 1960’s started with attacks and counter-attacks like the Oyo attack on Fulani. He stated that “this morning, we received reports of an attack by Yoruba Youths on Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, the Serki Fulani in Oyo State. In the reports, he was attacked and driven out of his house, eleven cars and his house burnt with his family members now livi...
ACF begs Nigerians to show love at Eid-al-Fitr, despite COVID-19
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ACF begs Nigerians to show love at Eid-al-Fitr, despite COVID-19

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said that the 2020 Eid-el Fitr celebrations came at the most trying period not only for Muslims but for all Nigerians. The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, added that this year’s Eid-el Fitr was a unique event because it came at a time when the whole world was ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Mr. Emmanuel Yawe, said on Sunday that the forum celebrates with the Muslim Ummah the end of the Ramadan fasting. The forum said, “The Forum is aware that this year’s Eid-el Fitr is a unique event because it has come at a time when the whole country, indeed the whole world is ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. it is a trying period not only for Nigerian Muslims but for all Nigerians.” The forum prays to...
Constitution Did Not Provide Specific Role For VP’s Office – Arewa Consultative Forum
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Constitution Did Not Provide Specific Role For VP’s Office – Arewa Consultative Forum

The apex northern soci-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), yesterday said that the Nigerian constitution did not assign any role specifically for the office of the vice president and cautioned some Nigerians against fuelling crisis in the presidency. ACF’s secretary general, Mr Anthony Sani, while reacting to insinuation by some Nigerians that the office of the vice had been relegated, said the constitution empowers the president to assign roles to the vice president. “I am finding it hard to make out why the hue and cry about what is happening in the office of the vice president by way of some reorganisation of some functions and reassignment of some staff in the vice president’s office by the presidency. “More so that both the presidency and the vice president ha...
We’re Still Studying Obasanjo’s Letter – ACF
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We’re Still Studying Obasanjo’s Letter – ACF

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has reacted to the open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, had expressed worry over high level of insecurity in the country. He called on the President to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis. According to the letter: “I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay. “Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope, why I am ...
Killings In Northern Nigeria Have Nothing To Do With Religion – Arewa Consultative Forum
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Killings In Northern Nigeria Have Nothing To Do With Religion – Arewa Consultative Forum

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has said the continuous killing of innocent persons by insurgents, armed bandits and militia groups in the North and Nigeria at large has nothing to do with tenets of religion. ACF spokesman, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, in a Sallah message on behalf of the forum, called on all elected public officers in executive and legislative positions to hit the ground running by delivering on their campaign promises. Biu, who lamented that security situation in the country has become more worrisome, said: “ACF wishes to observe that the killings of innocent souls by insurgents, armed bandits, by clashes between herdsmen and farmers as well as cult and militia groups and kidnapping in parts of the North and Nigeria are inconsistent with the tenets of all religions...
Arewa Mourns Justice Nasir
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Arewa Mourns Justice Nasir

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, have extolled the virtues of former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, who died at the age of 90. Late Justice Nasir was a member of the ACF Board of Trustees (BoT) and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Northern Nigeria before he later became the President of the Federal Court of Appeal. ACF in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Mohammad Ibrahim Biu, extolled the virtues of Justice Nasir, saying that the northern elder was an embodiment of hard work, diligence, selfless service and above all, loyal to the cause of nation-building. “He was a great public servant who left an indelible mark, especially in the Judiciary. The late elder statesman was a man with great publi...
Concede Defeat, Congratulate Buhari, ACF Tells Atiku
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Concede Defeat, Congratulate Buhari, ACF Tells Atiku

The Arewa Consultative Forum has called on former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku to concede defeat in the just concluded election and congratulate president Muhammadu Buhari. Abubakar Similarly, the ACF has also called on the president elect, Muhammad Buhari “to ensure that the new administration keeps to its promise of strengthening our unity and inclusiveness in government, so that no section or group is left behind or left out”. In a statement issued in Kaduna Wednesday morning, the ACF congratulated president Buhari for his victory at the polls, adding that his re-election has “signaled a new regime in our democratic process The statement, signed by the publicity secretary of the forum, Muhammed Biu noted that “the 2019 Presidential election is another milestone in the nation...
Rescue Leah Sharibu, Other Chibok Girls, ACF Tells FG
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Rescue Leah Sharibu, Other Chibok Girls, ACF Tells FG

Kaduna—Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has called on the Federal Government to rescue Leah Sharibu and other Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram  insurgents and reunite them with their families. In a statement issued in Kaduna, yesterday, ACF noted that the recent audio message of Leah Sharibu was received with a mixture of “grief and hope” and urged the Federal Government to intensity efforts to rescue her. The statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, also urged all Nigerians not to lose hope in the rescue of the only abducted Dapchi girl in captivity. The statement read:  “The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has received with grief and hope the audio voice alleged to be that of the Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, still in the...
The North Has Always Been Dragging Nigeria Back – Yoruba Council of Elders
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The North Has Always Been Dragging Nigeria Back – Yoruba Council of Elders

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has described the north as Nigeria’s biggest problem and obstacle to development. The Secretary General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, said this in reaction to a comment by the Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie, that Nigeria could not survive without the north. Olajide made this known in Oshogbo, the Osun State capital on Thursday. He said that before describing itself as the best thing that ever happened to Nigeria, the north should consider that Boko Haram, religious crises and killer Fulani herdsmen are all products of the north. Olajide said that by the statement, the ACF had accepted that the north represents everything that is bad about Nigeria. He said, “The newspapers reported the Arewa Consultative Forum...
Buhari: Ex-President Obasanjo Has Right To Talk – Arewa CF
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Buhari: Ex-President Obasanjo Has Right To Talk – Arewa CF

The Arewa Consultative Forum said on Tuesday that the statement credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest the 2019 election, was his (Obasanjo’s) democratic rights. However, the ACF, through the National Publicity Secretary, Muhammadu Biu, said it was President Buhari’s prerogative and that of his party to decide whether to re-contest or not. The statement said, “The statement credited to former President Obasanjo that President Buhari should not run in the 2019 election, it is his democratic right to express his view like any other Nigerian on all issues, including democracy. “However, it is President Buhari’s prerogative and that of his party to decide on whether to re-contest or not.”  
Saraki, El-Rufai, Others Mourn Ex-Kaduna Governor, Lawal Kaita
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Saraki, El-Rufai, Others Mourn Ex-Kaduna Governor, Lawal Kaita

President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the death of a former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, as a great loss not only to Katsina and Kaduna states but to the entire nation. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described late Kaita as a courageous, experienced and consummate politician, who was always frank in his views and honest in his political activities. “I consider the death of Alhaji Kaita as a personal loss to me and my family considering his long mutual and beneficial relationship with my late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, which he graciously extended to me. “As a father, I benefitted immensely from his wise counsel and support at different times. His death has robbed the ...
Kaduna Governor El-Rufai, ACF Mourn Death Of Kaita
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Kaduna Governor El-Rufai, ACF Mourn Death Of Kaita

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has described late former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Lawal Kaita as “a quintessential leader and patriot”. El-Rufai in a condolence message issued by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan said the deceased had exhibited courage in leadership and patriotism in all his political engagements during his life time. “Alhaji Lawal Kaita was a quintessential and courageous leader who served the old Kaduna State with dedication and commitment in the course of his leadership in 1983. “As an elected governor of the old Kaduna State, he contributed immensely to the development, unity and progress of the old Kaduna state. “Alhaji Kaita was a patriot and a role model for present and future leaders.’’ Also, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said it r...
Ex-Minister Oby Ezekwesili, Arewa CF Fault Federal Govt On Board Appointments
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Ex-Minister Oby Ezekwesili, Arewa CF Fault Federal Govt On Board Appointments

The Arewa Consultative Forum on Sunday descended on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government for including names of dead men on the list of Nigerians appointed into board of Federal Government agencies. The forum described the action as “embarrassing” and a monumental mistake. The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Biu, noted on Sunday that the inclusion of the dead men’s names on the list was an indication that the Presidency never carried out due diligence test before releasing the names to the public. The ACF said that in order to avoid the current embarrassment being generated by the names, the government should have scrutinised the lists. The forum noted that henceforth, persons should be properly screened before their a...
Arewa CF Urges Federal Govt To Punish Culprits Of Fuel Scarcity
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Arewa CF Urges Federal Govt To Punish Culprits Of Fuel Scarcity

Arewa leaders have condemned the fuel scarcity experienced across the country, urging the management of NNPC to investigate the cause and punish the culprits. The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), in a statement yesterday, said the government must take necessary measure to punish those who may want to sabotage the oil sector through scarcity of fuel supply, considering that the festivity of Christmas is at hand. The statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said that “the meeting of ACF also expressed deep concern over the present fuel scarcity nationwide, resulting in long queues in petrol filling stations which cause untold hardship to commuters and motorists, especially in this Yuletide period. “ACF notes that since the increase in pump pr...
Call IPOB, Biafra Agitators To Order – Arewa CF Tells Igbo Leaders
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Call IPOB, Biafra Agitators To Order – Arewa CF Tells Igbo Leaders

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Wednesday, urged Igbo leaders as well as South East Governors to prevail on their kinsmen agitating for Biafran Republic to refrain from it. The ACF also urged all Nigerians to, in the spirit of Sallah celebration, avoid hate speeches and acts that were capable of jeopardiding the peaceful co-existence of people of the country. This was contained in a Sallah message issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu. ACF said both Igbo leaders and south east governors should emulate their northern counterparts in ensuring that the call for separation of Nigeria by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was put a stop to. The Forum noted that it was northern leaders that prevailed on Arewa youths to withdraw the quit ...
Arewa CF Applauds Withdrawal Of Quit Notice By Arewa Youths
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Arewa CF Applauds Withdrawal Of Quit Notice By Arewa Youths

The Arewa leadership has applauded the decision by the Northern Youth coalition to withdraw the October 1 quit notice issued to the Igbos to vacate the North. According to the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday, in a statement on the withdrawal of the quit notice to the Igbo, the decision was a good development in the interest of peace, unity and corporate existence of Nigeria. National Publicity Secretary, ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said: “ACF commends the efforts of the Chairman, Northern States Governors Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, and other leaders of thought from the North in persuading the Northern Youths to withdraw the quit notice in the interest of peace and unity of Nigeria. The ACF particularly hails the efforts of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who engaged th...
Igbo Seek Social Media Usage Regulation Over Hate-Speeches
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Igbo Seek Social Media Usage Regulation Over Hate-Speeches

The President-General of Igbo Community in Kaduna and Vice President of Igbo Delegate Assembly for the 19 Northern States, Mr. Chris Nnoli, has called on government to regulate social media usage in the country. In an interview, he attributed all sort of hate-speeches, including the anti-Igbo song recently in circulation, to non-regulation of social media by the government. He noted that social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, among others, are instrumental to promoting chaos across the country. “Nigeria, as a country, is sitting on a keg of gun-powder, which explosion could be very disastrous if nothing is done about hate-speeches circulating on social media,” he said. In the same vein, the National Tranquility Movement (NTM) and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have call...
Calls For Restructuring Lack Clarity Of Definition – Arewa CF
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Calls For Restructuring Lack Clarity Of Definition – Arewa CF

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has said the apologists of the restructuring of Nigeria are yet to clearly define the meaning of the concept in the present democratic setting. According to the ACF, the calls for restructuring appear to have varying meanings to different groups. A statement released after its national executive counci meeting on Wednesday in Kaduna said the only acceptable restructuring is one that will enhance unity, harmony and peace among Nigerians. “ACF has observed with keen interest the current nationwide debate on the term, restructuring of the country, as being canvassed by some people, groups and even prominent citizens. The term, however, means different things to different people or groups,” read the statement signed by Mohammed Biu, ACF publicity secreta...
June 12: Afenifere Laments Anti-Igbo Threat, Insists On Restructuring
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June 12: Afenifere Laments Anti-Igbo Threat, Insists On Restructuring

Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has lamented that it is sad that Nigeria is now marking another June 12, 24 years after the annulment of the freest and fairest presidential poll won by late Chief MKO Abiola, amidst an October 1 quit order to Ndigbo by Arewa youths, who have also secured endorsement from the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF). This was just as the group declared that the country had fumbled and wobbled through 18 years of pretending that its unity was settled, restating the Yoruba nation’s belief that the only way that Nigeria would be able to fulfill its destiny as one country was for all Nigerian nationalities to run their lives according to their civilisations in a restructured polity that practices federalism in its truest for...
Criminals Behind Igbo Eviction Notice – Ijaw Youths
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Criminals Behind Igbo Eviction Notice – Ijaw Youths

This last is yet to be heard of criticisms trailing Tuesday’s eviction notice handed the Igbo residing in the North by a coalition of Arewa youths as governors of the 19 northern states, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, and the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, have joined in flaying the three months ultimatum given for south-easteners to vacate the North. Disowning the coalition of Arewa Youths who threatened to forced the Igbo to leave the North after three months, the Northern States Governors Forum urged Igbo living in the North not to panic, assuring they were in touch with heads of their security agencies and have taken measures to guarantee the rights of all Nigerians to live in any of the 19 states. The IYC Worldwide, on its part, reasoned that criminals hiding under the guise of activi...
Why Northern Leaders Worked Against Jonathan’s Govt – Paul Unongo
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Why Northern Leaders Worked Against Jonathan’s Govt – Paul Unongo

Last week, scores of elders of northern extraction, under the auspice of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), were in Kano State for a visit. They also took time to unveil their positions on a number of contemporary national issues. Aside the read text which was widely reported by the media, a lot of their feelings and persuasions as articulated in the background explanation by the deputy leader of the Forum, Wantaregh Paul Unongo were unreported. Desmond Mgboh, who attended the press briefing, provides a run down of the discourse by Unongo at the event. What is NEF’s relationship with Arewa Consultative Forum? If you remember, all of us are members of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF). We didn’t break away from them, but they stressed something different. They said that they are a cult...
Buhari Asked El-Rufai To Write Leaked Memo At Daura Meeting
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Buhari Asked El-Rufai To Write Leaked Memo At Daura Meeting

Some members of the Ca­bal in the Presidency, who are scheming for relevance and seeking the ears of President Buhari, are using the memo to get back at el-Rufai, who is not in their good books. In the memo, el-Rufai, in very blunt terms, had told the President: “Our APC admin­istration has not only failed to manage the expectations of a populace that expected over­night ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insur­gency and corruption”. The forces against el-Rufai re­portedly leaked the confidential memo and made it to look like el-Rufai had turned against Bu­hari – while the President him­self requested the memo from el-Rufai, reputed to be a member of his kitchen cabinet. The plot against el-Rufai is part of...
2019 Presidency: Tinubu Divides Northern Leaders
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2019 Presidency: Tinubu Divides Northern Leaders

THE perceived presidential ambition of a National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is unsettling the North and already dividing its leaders. The former Lagos governor had last weekend in Akure, the Ondo State capital hinted that, he may contest for Nigeria’s presidency if there will be vacancy in 2019. He has since clarified the statement credited to him. The clarification notwithstanding, Northern leaders are already divided over his perceived and real intentions. Speaking with newsmen at the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Ondo State, on Friday, February 24, 2017, Tinubu said vying for any office in Nigeria is an opportunity to serve the country. He added there is nothing wrong in aspiring for the office. His words, “You s...

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