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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...
North Believes in one Nigeria. We don’t want secession – Arewa Consultative Forum tells Asari Dokubo
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North Believes in one Nigeria. We don’t want secession – Arewa Consultative Forum tells Asari Dokubo

The Arewa Consultative Forum has distanced itself from the recent calls made by former Niger Delta Militant, Asari Dokubo, calling for the integration of Nigeria. Asari over the weekend declared himself the leader of the new Biafra defacto Customary Government (BCG) and called on some persons to serve under his leadership as he fights for the actualization of Biafra. Reacting to the development, the National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Emmanuel Yawe, said the North is only after the unity of Nigeria and not interested in pushing for Arewa Republic. He said the country had fought a civil war to keep Nigeria as one and that the lessons learnt from the war should not be forgotten in a hurry. “We are not interested in the Arewa Republic. We believe in one...
EFCC: Tinubu Not Above The Law, Can Be Prosecuted – Anthony Sani
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EFCC: Tinubu Not Above The Law, Can Be Prosecuted – Anthony Sani

The immediate past Secretary General of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Mr. Anthony Sani on Friday said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos and National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) can be prosecuted if he runs foul of the law. Speaking with Daily Independent, Sani said even President Muhammadu Buhari can also be investigated and prosecuted if he commits any infractions while in office. The EFCC had late last year written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB), requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form. A copy of the letter revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. The letter marked CR/3000/EFCC/LS/Vol4/322, dated November 6, 2020, was signed by the ...
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...
We Must Make Peace Or We Lose The North – Says ACF Chairman, Audu Ogbeh
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We Must Make Peace Or We Lose The North – Says ACF Chairman, Audu Ogbeh

Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and former minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh spoke on the security challenges facing the North today and the search for solution, backwardness of the region in education, industry and agriculture. He also said the North cannot make progress in the midst of the mindless attacks and killings, which have enveloped many communities in the geographical region. He spoke with SAXONE AKHAINE in Kaduna. Is the ACF disturbed over the killings in the country, particularly in the North?  Of course, ACF is disturbed over the incessant killings in the North. As the chairman of the forum, am equally disturbed too over the mindless killings. It is totally baffling when criminals enter a village to kill women and children, sometimes, old pe...
Security Agents Must Stop Violation Of Interstate Lockdown – NGF
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Security Agents Must Stop Violation Of Interstate Lockdown – NGF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday lamented Nigerians’ non-compliance with guidelines on the gradual reopening of the economy. The task force Chairman, Boss Mustapha, who stated this at the PTF press conference in Abuja, said disregard for the ban on interstate movements and other guidelines was an indication of the danger ahead. But the Nigeria Governors’ Forum told The PUNCH that security agencies must live up to their responsibilities by stopping violation of the ban on interstate movements. The NGF stated this as the Arewa Consultative Forum hit northern governors on the shoddy implementation of the evacuation of Almajiris to their states of origin. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, in his broadcast on April 27, banned interstate mo...
‘Amotekun Will Promote South-West, South-East, South-South Secession Plan’ – Yakasai
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‘Amotekun Will Promote South-West, South-East, South-South Secession Plan’ – Yakasai

Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has said that the Southwest security network, code-named, ‘Operation Amotekun’, is a private army in the making. The founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum, in this interview with VINCENT KALU, urged the Yoruba to drop the security outfit and embrace the federal government’s initiative on national security. He warned that the idea is capable of encouraging the secession agenda of some elements in the Southwest, Southeast and South- South geo-political areas of the country. He equally warned Amotekun operatives and those promoting them not to dare the nation’s security forces Fifty years after the civil war, are you satisfied with the level of unity that has been achieved so far? No, exactly, no. I believe we have made progress, but we are not t...
Amotekun Will Affect Nigeria’s Unity – Arewa Consultative Forum
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Amotekun Will Affect Nigeria’s Unity – Arewa Consultative Forum

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), northern Nigeria’s foremost socio-cultural group, on Thursday said establishing regional security force such as South West security outfit, ‘Operation Amotekun’, may affect Nigeria’s unity and cohesion. In a statement by Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, its National Publicity Secretary, the body said while it agreed that the military and other security agencies are overstretched owing to security challenges across the country, it is concerned that several tribal organisations set up in the past have been used to harass and intimidate non-indigenes. The statement reads: “The governors of the South-West states recently inaugurated a regional tribal security outfit known as Operation Amotekun with the sole aim of complementing the efforts of the Nigeria poli...
Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”
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Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”

The new security outfit geared towards tackling kidnapping and criminal activities in the South-West, Operation Amotekun, gained momentum on Friday as Lagos, Osun and Ekiti state governments announced they would recruit about 1,320 militiamen for the purpose. The announcement came barely two days after South-West governors led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State inaugurated the outfit, also called Western Nigeria Security Network. The development came just as the police have identified about 52 deadly blackspots they would focus on in collaboration with the militiamen. The development came amid the announcement by some social-political groups across the country endorsing the outfit, saying it would help tackle insecurity in the region. The groups are the Arewa Consultati...
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 won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders
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We won’t attend meeting with Miyetti Allah – Southern, Middle Belt Leaders

THE Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, yesterday, declined an invitation by former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) on a roundtable on national issues and security scheduled to hold in Minna, Niger State.“ The leaders declined the invitation over the inclusion of Miyetti Allah to the roundtable describing it as “a grave insult” to them.“This was contained in a letter titled: Re: Roundtable on National Issues and Security and signed by Chief E.K Clark (PANDEF leader), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere leader), Chief John Nwodo (President, Ohanaeze) and Dr. Pogu Bitrus (President, Middle Belt Forum). The statement reads: “We individually received your invitation to the above event holding in Minna between 29 and 30 July 2019. We thank you for your interest in...
Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari meant to cause acrimony – Arewa Consultative Forum
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Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari meant to cause acrimony – Arewa Consultative Forum

Days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo accused President Buhari of having cold feet to tackle the killings and kidnaps allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have said the the open letter was meant to heat up the polity.   ACF's National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, addressed a press conference after the group's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Kaduna State, and according to him, the former President has no moral standing to make any demand from any government.  ACF further demanded an apology from Obasanjo over his letter, which they said stereotyped the Fulanis as criminals because a Fulani man is the President.   The statement read “ACF appreciates the freedom of exp...
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...
You’re Insane – Bakare Attacks Presidency Over Likening Of Miyetti Allah To Afenifere, Ohanaeze
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You’re Insane – Bakare Attacks Presidency Over Likening Of Miyetti Allah To Afenifere, Ohanaeze

Tunde Bakare, who oversees the affairs of the Latter Rain Assembly has attacked the Nigerian Presidency for likening Miyetti Allah to other socio-cultural groups in the country. The presidency had repeatedly defended its stand wherein it compared the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the groups representing the Yoruba and Igbo races respectively in the country. Mr Bakare who launched the attack during a service at his ministry said those comparing the cattle-breeding group to Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo are insane. He queried why someone who is in his right sense will likened the group alleged to be violent to other peaceful socio-cultural groups. The cleric also condemned the exclusion of Arewa Consultative Fo...
Turn Out En Masse On Saturday To Vote, Buhari Appeals To Nigerians
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Turn Out En Masse On Saturday To Vote, Buhari Appeals To Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja urged Nigerians to troop out en masse to cast their votes at the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections holding on Saturday. The president, in a statement he personally signed, commiserated with families that lost their loved ones at the February 23 presidential and National Assembly polls, and encouraged all eligible voters not to be complacent on Saturday, but should rather view the governorship and assembly elections as important as the last presidential poll. Giving reasons why the electorate should troop out to vote on Saturday, Buhari said governance at the state level is closer to them than the federal government and hence, the need for them to be involved in the process of electing politicians who will govern them in th...
“I Will Try To Work Harder This Time, I Will Not Let You Down” – Buhari
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“I Will Try To Work Harder This Time, I Will Not Let You Down” – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday that he would work harder this second term in order not to disappoint Nigerians. He spoke in Abuja when he met with the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum at the Presidential Villa. The ACF paid him a visit to congratulate him on his re-election. “This is my last lap, I will try to work harder. I assure you, I will not let you down”, he told the group led by its Board of Trustees Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Fika. Fika had earlier said the group was impressed by Buhari’s performance in his first term, especially in delivering some important projects like the Baro Dry Port in the North.
I Will Work Harder This Time,– President Buhari Promises Nigerians
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I Will Work Harder This Time,– President Buhari Promises Nigerians

President Buhari today reassured Nigerians that he would not let them down in his second term in office. He said this when he received the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), who paid him a congratulatory visit at the state house in Abuja. According to him, he would work harder in the next four years to address the challenges facing the country. “This is my last lap, I will try to work harder. I assure you, I will not let you down.” he stated Chairman of the ACF’s board of trustees, Alhaji Adamu Fika who led the delegation, said the visit was to congratulate the president on his victory at the polls.
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...
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...
Shagaya’s Death Shocking, Says ACF
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Shagaya’s Death Shocking, Says ACF

The Arewa Consultative Forum on Sunday described as shocking the death of its Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Senator John Shagaya. Shagaya, a former Internal Affairs (Interior) Minister was recently appointed as the Chairman, Governing Council, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos by President Muhammadu Buhari. The ACF, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Biu, said the late Shagaya was a committed patriot who would be remembered for his selfless service to his fatherland. "Nigeria has lost one of its fineness politician, a bridge builder and a leader who lived a simple and humble life. "ACF extends its condolences to the Shagaya family, the government and the good people of Plateau state and all Nigerians over the demi...
Where Are Nigeria’s Sociologists?, By ‘Tope Fasua
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Where Are Nigeria’s Sociologists?, By ‘Tope Fasua

I recall Nigeria’s ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo ‘slagging off’ people who studied sociology and history. I was alarmed then, because even if he was right in his concern about the fact that these professions do not manufacture anything, and that Nigeria needs more scientists and engineers, a deeper understanding of our challenges as a country requires that we mainstream these subjects. Sociology enables people to understand other cultures and how cultures evolve; it just broadens the mind. We must acknowledge that a vast majority of Nigerians are of narrow minds and limited understanding of anything else apart from their immediate environments. Most Nigerians therefore indulge in a type of parochialism that places them and their ancestors at the top of the pile, and everyone else at the b...
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...
IPOB Condemns EFCC Arrest Of Enugu Businessman, Innocent Chukwuma
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IPOB Condemns EFCC Arrest Of Enugu Businessman, Innocent Chukwuma

THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned in its strongest terms the recent and ongoing harassment of notable Biafran businessmen especially those of Igbo extraction by the Nigerian security agencies, saying the Tuesday arrest of Chief Innocent Chukwuma by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) was a calculated attempt to de-industrialise Igbo land.   In a statement by the Media/National Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, which was made available to Nigerian Tribune in Enugu on Wednesday, the Igbo group said, “the few successful businesses that made it against all odds like Chief Innocent Chukwuma the owner of Innoson Motors who is now being harassed and humiliated publicly by agencies headed by Northerners”   According to him, “The imp...
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...
NCP, ADC, SDP Fault Buhari’s Position On Restructuring
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NCP, ADC, SDP Fault Buhari’s Position On Restructuring

The National Conscience Party (NCP), the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) have faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the restructuring of the country. National chairmen of the parties, Tanko Yunusa and Okey Nwosu, and the National Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Alfa Mohammed, who spoke separately in Abuja demanded apologies from the President for keeping Nigerians in the dark over his health status. They insisted that the President’s broadcast fell short of meeting the aspirations of Nigerians. Nwosu, who said it was heartwarming the President is back to the country, however, described the broadcast as depressing. “We have to thank God that our President came back healthy, strong and but I must say that the President’s speech is very ...
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...
Middle Belt Youths Issue Oct. 1 Quit Notice To Herdsmen
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Middle Belt Youths Issue Oct. 1 Quit Notice To Herdsmen

A coalition of Middle Belt Youths has asked herdsmen to vacate the region before October 1 this year. They, however, distanced themselves from the quit notice issued to Igbo resident in the north. Operating under the aegis of Middle Belt Renaissance Forum, the youths, which met in Abuja, threatened war at the expiration of their ultimatum. A communiqué by its convener, Comrade Jones Simon Alfa, urged governors from the region to be alive to governance and desist from harassing media practitioners. It reads: “The Middle Belt governors should sit up for governance and stop primitive accumulation of wealth. The region is not in any way part of the agitation for Igbo to vacate the north on October 1. “We have been living with the Igbo peacefully and will not join in the call for se...
Tony Blair Has Come To Instigate Another Civil War In Nigeria – IPOB
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Tony Blair Has Come To Instigate Another Civil War In Nigeria – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Monday raised the alarm over the recent visit of the former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair to the Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, recalling that it was the same British godfathers’ military and diplomatic support to the core North that enabled Nigeria to defeat Biafra between 1967 and 1970. A statement by the IPOB director of media and publicity, Comrade Emma Powerful, said Blair’s visit would likely instigate another ethno-religious crisis in this part of Africa, alleging that the former prime minister’s visit was also targeted at causing violence against Christians and Biafrans in Northern Nigeria. The statement said: “Britain, a supposed Christian country, for reasons best known to it, has persistently worked against the ...
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...
Suspected Cult Members Set House Ablaze, Kill Three
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Suspected Cult Members Set House Ablaze, Kill Three

Some suspected cult members have burnt down a family house in Okpako-Ejemah, in the Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, killing three family members. One Alhaji Hamza Garuba, who was a trailer driver, his wife and stepson, were said to have been locked inside the house by the hoodlums, who set fire to the house. The incident reportedly occurred at about 10.55pm on Sunday. Garuba’s relative, Muhammed Sanni, explained that one of the hoodlums had attempted to rape Garuba’s wife before he was stabbed to death by the man. Sanni said Garuba’s action could have angered the suspected cult members. He said, “The stabbing of the criminal might have infuriated other gang members, who quickly ran out of the house, locked the entrance door and set the house ablaze. My brother, ...
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...
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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