April 10, 2019

Insecurity: Arewa Consultative Forum BOT meets, sets agenda for FG

Insecurity: Arewa Consultative Forum BOT meets, sets agenda for FG

President Muhammadu Buhari (middle), in a group photographs with members of the Arewa Consultative Forum, during their Courtesy Visit to the President at the Presidential Villa Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

…as Northern Elders get set to meet over security issues
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

Apparently irked by the high level of insecurity in parts of the North, the Arewa Consultative met today to fashion out ways in which the federal government could tackle rising challenges to the nation’s life.

From left, Chairman Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima; Member of the Coalition, Nasfura Asher; Spokesman Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Mr. Abdullazeez Suleiman; and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima during a world press conference on the suspension of the Kaduna Quit Notice declaration by CNG in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

The meeting, which was held in Kaduna, was however attended by only members of the ACF Board of Trustees, who are the policy-makers for the regional organisation.

The Spokesman for the ACF, Muhammed Biu, who confirmed the meeting to Vanguard, said that the members were deeply concerned over rising insecurity in parts of the north and had taken time off to fashion out an agenda to help checkmate the ugly situation.

“We met as the BOT of ACF in Kaduna today and we have discussed a number of measures, which we hope to discuss with the government so as to find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing us as a nation,” Biu said.

“We are not going to make public our policy thrust until the National Executive Council of ACF, NEC, which is the implementing arm of the group, meets Wednesday next week to see what we have proposed and the way forward,” the spokesman said.

It will be recalled that ACF met last week and thereafter issued a strong statement on the state of the nation and called on the government to take urgent steps to halt the spate of killings and destruction across the country.

As the ACF BOT ends its meeting, the Northern Elders Forum, our correspondent gathered last night, is getting ready to meet in Zaria on Thursday to also speak on the wave of hostilities across the north and parts of Nigeria.

The Convener of the NEF, Prof Ango Abdullahi, told our correspondent on the phone that at the meeting, the NEF members would carry out a holistic review of the security situation in Nigeria and make its position known to the world.