By SIMON EBEGBULEM
THE Benin Development Union (BDU), a socio-cultural organization in Edo State, Saturday, accused the ACF of heating up the polity through what it described as “unnecessary inflammatory comments” that the Presidency must shift to the North in 2015.
The group said the ACF comments were capable of causing another civil war and therefore urged the Federal Government to arrest the ACF leaders. They also urged Governor Adams Oshiomhole to remember the support he got from Binis in the last gubernatorial election in Edo State by handing over to a Bini man in 2016, just as they called on the chairmen in the seven local government areas in Edo South senatorial district, to ensure that they provide basic amenities such as hospitals, markets, electricity and pipe borne water for their people.
The group made their position known through a communiqué signed by its National Facilitator and former Edo State Representative in the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, Aiyemenkhue Edokpolo Secretary and Jefferson Uwoghiren, after a meeting in Benin-City.
While frowning at the threats from the ACF, BDU said: “They are making it look as if heaven will fall if power does not shift to the North. We do not only view the statement as reckless, undemocratic and unfortunate but promoting ethnicity and polarisation of the polity. Nigerians of that status as statesmen should be encouraging the younger generations to imbibe the principles of meritocracy rather than mediocrity.
“We however hail the Arewa Youth Forum (A.Y.F) for disassociating themselves from the few self seeking leaders who are bent on plunging the Nigerian – state into topsy-turvy”.