Prominent leaders from the North-Central geopolitical zone have announced their exit from the Arewa Consultative Forum.
The leaders formed a new forum, the North Central Peoples Forum.
According to them, the worsening insecurity situation in northern Nigeria and marginalisation, forced them away from the ACF.
The ACF is currently led by former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who is also from the North Central Zone.
The new group led by a former Minister of State for Health, Gabriel Aduku, has a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Jerry Useni, Ibrahim Mantu, a former Military Administrator of Kwara State, Col. David Bamigboye (retd.), and a former deputy chief of staff to the President, Chief Olusola Akomode, as members.
Others also includes the Publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, a former Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, a media consultant, Alhaji Tajudeen Kareem, a former Deputy Governor of Benue State, Chief Stephen Lawani and Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, among others.
While addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the new group noted that despite the abundant mineral and human resources in the NC zone, it was bedevilled by vices, such as kidnapping, banditry, etc.
While speaking at the press briefing, Senator Useni noted that the forum would unite the peoples of Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory, in their quest to ensure peace and stability in the region.
“The forum is also aimed at ensuring cooperation and support for the good policies and administration of the six governors of the zone, irrespective of our political, religious and ethnic differences.
“We will support and cooperate fully with the Federal Government for full and complete implementation of infrastructures, development projects situated in the zone and the involvement of the people of the zone in the national affairs of the country.
“We will promote, defend and strengthen North Central unity and the interest of its people in the context of one indivisible Nigeria and to contribute to the safeguarding of her territorial integrity.
“Consequently, every zone now has a common socio-political platform where they meet to discuss their strength and weakness with the view to propounding and promoting progress and development of the zone.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.