The apex northern sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called on the executive and legislative arms of the Federal Government to stop their crisis and concentrate on delivery of good governance to Nigerians.
This is just as the forum averred that the lingering crisis between the Executive and the National Assembly is not only avoidable but also very embarrassing. Adding that, their feud has nothing to do with issues of real concern to ordinary Nigerians.
ACF stated this in a communiqué issued at the end of its quarterly National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, presided over by the Acting Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande.
ACF stated catrgorically that, the crisis has affected governance, as well as the polity and growth of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.
According to the communique issued and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, “Both the Executive and the NASS members are in place in order to deliver on the promise of democracy and not to engage in unnecessary flexing of muscles that have nothing to do with real issues of real concern to real ordinary Nigerians.”
“ACF therefore appeals to both the Presidency and the National Assembly leadership to sheath their swords and put the interests of Nigeria above all other pecuniary considerations.” It said.
On the recent blockade of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Security (DSS), the communique said, ACF condemned in strong terms the siege on the citadel of democracy, the National Assembly, by the men of the Department of State Security (DSS).
The meeting said the actions of the DSS run contrary to democratic tenets and reeks of intolerance. And therefore applauded the actions taken by the Federal Government and urged it to thoroughly investigate the immediate and remote causes of the NASS blockade in order to unveil the truth and to sanction all those found culpable, no matter their status both within and without the service.
ACF said, “Because punitive measure was never taken against those involved in similar episodes in the past, it has encouraged the DSS to do what it recently did to the NASS. ACF therefore commends the actions taken so far by the Presidency against the DSS as deterrent to future occurrences.” It read.
The communique read further that, “The meeting paid glowing tributes to the late Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, GCON, Sardaunan Katsina, who died on the 19th July, 2018, in Katsina. His career in the Nigerian Police Force from Cadet Officer to the top as Inspector General of Police for 36years was eventful and fulfilling. In retirement, the late Ibrahim Coomassie devoted his time, energy and resources to community services, in particular his religion, Islam, and the North through the ACF and Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation.
“The meeting agreed that Sardaunan Katsina paid his dues to his fatherland in all respects and prayed Allah to grant him eternal peaceful rest. NEC urged Nigerians to emulate his legacy of service to humanity, hard work and due diligence and love for traditional values most northerners cherish.
“Equally eulogized by NEC were the death of our elder statesman Mallam Adamu Ciroma whose contributions to the development of the North and of the country in general are common place, and ACF National Financial Secretary Alhaji Ahmed Bawa and others who also died recently.
“The meeting also received in audience the leadership of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations YAUN, led by Amb. Dawan Gabriel Kudangbena, President of the Youth Assembly, North Central zone of Nigeria.The YAUN came to ACF to partner with the Forum on common interests that would promote unity, peace and development in the North.
“The Youth Assembly also solicited for ACF support for its planned Youth Peace Leadership and Security Summit scheduled to take place in Abuja from 25th- 27th October, 2018. ACF pledged to support the Youth Assembly in its desire to promote peaceful coexistence among various youth groups for common good, considering the place of youths in mechanism of community living.
“The meeting noted with grave concern the incidences of insecurity in the country, particularly the killings by bandits in Zamfara, Kaduna and other parts of the North, kidnappings for ransom, clashes between farmers and herders that have portrayed the North in very unsavory light.
“However, it commends the Federal Government’s quick intervention by way of deploying the military, air surveillance and materials to tackle the situation in Zamfara and Kaduna states. NEC also called on leaders at all levels, be they community, political, religious and traditional, to note that the tasks and responsibilities for securing lives and property cannot be left to the government alone as the people have important roles to play through support of the efforts of security agencies and intelligence community.” Said ACF.
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