The apex socio-cultural organization of Northern Nigeria, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF),on Monday, disassociated itself from the position of Northern Elders Forum (NEF) against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The ACF said, the statement credited to Professor Ango Abdullahi on behalf of the Northern Elders Forum is purely their partisan position and not on behalf of the people of the Northern Nigeria.
Speaking with journalists in Kaduna, Anthony Sani, Secretary General of ACF, said even some members of the Northern Elders Forum did not share the position made by Abdullahi.
Sani said: “The Arewa Consultative Forum, wishes to disassociates itself from the statement credited to the Northern Elders Forum kicking against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and its position, that the administration has failed. It’s Nigerians, that will decide whether a President has failed or succeeded.
“We are not partisan organization, it is not a consensus of our people instead a partisan position. It is God, that used the masses/citizens of the country in making Buhari a President and they are not in position to decide for the citizens.
“What I can tell you is that, we are not part of Northern Elders Forum’s position against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. I read that, even some members of the Northern Elders Forum distanced themselves from the position against Mr.President.
“Not quite long, ACF dissociated itself from Northern Elders Forum’s communiqué for criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari and other Northern Nigerian leaders.In the communique,they passed vote of no confidence on Mr.President and other Northern Nigerian leaders and we said we are not part of the communique.
“Again, we are not in support of the position of some northern elders against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. Its Nigerians, that will decide and they are not speaking for the people of the North” Sani added. ENDs
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