- The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has commended the federal government for its recent actions
- The ACF was particularly happy about the handling of the agitations in the South-east
- They also lauded the government for its reaction to the quit notice given to Igbos living in the north
The ACF has commended the federal government for stepping in and dousing the tension arising from the agitation for the creation of Biafra Republic and the subsequent quit notice to the Igbo to leave the north on or before October 1 this year.
The foremost northern group lauded the government's proactive steps to nip in the bud, the potential crisis that the actions of both groups might have caused.
In a statement sent to journalists to mark the Eid El-Fitr celebrations, the body maintained that the action of the agitators, capable of throwing the nation into a crisis, was averted by the swift response of government.
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The statement which was signed by the ACF's spokesman, Alhaji Mohammad Ibrahim Biu noted that: “The Ramadan period was an opportunity for Muslims all over the world to fast, pray and devote themselves to the readings and teachings of the Holy Quran as well as the practices and sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“It was also an occasion for Muslims to reaffirm their belief in the oneness of Almighty Allah (SWT) and the ideals of Islam. Muslims also prayed fervently for peace, unity and understanding within the Ummah and Nigerians in general. They also helped the less- privileged and the poor in view of the prevailing economic hardships and other inequalities among the citizenry.
“ACF, therefore, wishes the Muslim Ummah a peaceful and happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration. It equally urges Nigerians to devote themselves to prayers for the unity, peaceful coexistence and especially to the sick but dear President Muhammadu Buhari.
“ACF wishes the President a quick recovery and early return home to continue with the daunting task of governance.”
Meanwhile, the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) has called for the presidency to remain in the north ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Rising from its meeting in Yola, Adamawa state on Saturday, June 17, the group comprising the National Executive Committee of NYLF, the state chairmen and the chairmen and secretaries of the 42 affiliated Northern Organizations, were unequivocal in their demand for a northern presidency come 2019.
Addressing the press after the meeting, the chairman of NYLF, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, stated that the north will not allow the presidency move to the South in 2019.
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