Nigeria’s North Central geopolitical zone has recently announced its exit from the Arewa Consultative Forum, citing the worsening insecurity in northern Nigeria, The Punch Reports.
The prominent leaders from the zone announced the formation of the North Central Peoples Forum as a platform to fight insecurity and marginalization.
This was made known in Abuja on Wednesday while addressing journalists, the group decries the spate of banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in spite of the abundant mineral and human resources in the zone.
The new North-Central group is being led by a former Minister of State for Health, Gabriel Aduku, who is the interim chairman. Meanwhile, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was the Former Minister of Agriculture and hail from the North Central zone is the current chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF).
According to The Punch, the members of the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum includes; former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Jerry Useni; a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu; a former Military Administrator of Kwara State, Col. David Bamigboye (retd.); and former deputy chief of staff to the President, Chief Olusola Akomode, were also listed as members.
Also in the list are 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.
Speaking to journalists, Useni said that the existence of similar groups in other parts of the country had given rise to group affinity and solidarity among the states in a particular geopolitical zone to canvass things of common interest.
He expressed confidence that the forum would unite the people of Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, and the Federal Capital Territory in their quest to ensure that peace and stability were established and sustained within the zone.
He added that the forum would pursue rapid industrialization across all nooks and crannies of the zone.
He said the group would pursue policies and processes that would ensure that the massive solid mineral and agricultural endowments were adequately harnessed.
He said, “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.”[ThePunch]
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