By Emeka MAMAH
AREWA Christian Forum, Thursday, endorsed former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, for the 2011 presidential election.
A statement by the group’s coordinator, Pastor Caleb Ambi, explained that the choice of Ribadu was in the interest of the nation.
The statement said: “Nigerians have lost faith in leadership of the country after 50 years of independence. Almost every sector of Nigeria is deliberately dwarfed.
The health and education sectors remained static and it a shame that Nigerians in droves seek medical attention and quality education in other countries like USA, UK, Germany, Egypt, and even India. Nigeria’s insecurity is scary as fear of assassins or armed robbers is now the order of the day in Nigeria.
“As Nigerians, we have had enough promises of development. However, as we march towards 50 years of independence as a nation, we have nothing to show for it.
Instead, a bunch of lies is being dished to the gullible Nigerians and this has been on the increase while the chances of regaining our pride of place in the comity of nation are now hinged on the 2011 elections.
“It is based on the foregoing that the Arewa Christian Forum, hereby formally declares support for the realization of Malam Nuhu Ahmed Ribadu’s presidential bid.
Everything can be taken away from this Nigerian but not the courage, integrity, reputation and the big heart that constitute Nuhu Ribadu and his passion for Nigeria’s development like he exhibited in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“Our support for Ribadu is purely for the sake of national development and on the grounds of competency, merit and capability which cut across religious and primordial sentiments. Ribadu has established a positive name for Nigeria and the fact that we are trusting him with our presidency is the best thing that will happen to Nigeria as we strive to bring the country back on track.”
“We have gone far in the mobilization of Nigerians to believe in the Nuhu Ribadu Project for the 2011 elections, and we are pleased with the responses being received.
We, therefore, call on Malam Nuhu Ribadu to as a matter of national expediency and interest formally declare his intention to contest the 2011 presidential election.”