KADUNA—AREWA Christian Forum, yesterday, 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.”
Meanwhile, the Saraki Network for Democracy, SND, has described former President Ibrahim Babangida and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar morally unfit to hold the position of President Nigeria.
The SND in a press statement in Kaduna described the Kwara state Governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as the choice of coalition of youth groups in the north adding that the aspiration of Babangida and that of Atiku suffered credibility problems.
The group’s Chairman, Nafiu Lawal, and Public Relations Officer, Hajia Fatima Abubakar, signed the statement which warned that the youth in the north have already started a mass mobilization campaign to vote against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) if it either Atiku or Babangida emerges the party’s presidential flag bearer next year.
The statement said, “the quality of politicians from northern extraction who are contesting the 2011 presidential election—the likes of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar—suffers credibility problem both nationally and internationally.
“Therefore, even if the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) still respects the zoning formula, these personalities jostling for the coveted office are unfit morally to represent the North. In short, they are spent force.
“Indeed, it is a sad irony and disheartening that while the wind of generational change is blowing across the world old brigades who have since outlived their usefulness to the nation still want to call the shots.
“Consequently, there is the need for Babangida and Atiku to drop their presidential ambition, if at all their interest is the north in particular, and the nation generally. “In fact, should Saraki fail to contest and either Babangida or Atiku gets the ticket, then the PDP stands no chance of winning at the polls because of protest votes, especially by the youths in the north.”