Fuel subsidy removal: ‘Only the poor’ll continue to suffer’ – Former ACF scribe, Anthony Sani

Ahead of the Federal Government’s resolve to remove petroleum subsidy by next year, the former General Secretary, Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), Anthony Sani, has said that only the poor will continue to bear the brunt of the subsidy removal. The Federal Government has said that petroleum will sell for N340 per litre from February 2022. However, Sani in a statement made available to newsmen, said it is doubtful if paying N5,000 per month to some few million vulnerable Nigerians can add economic value to the polity compared to the benefits…

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Killings of citizens along Abuja/Kaduna expressway by bandits, a national shame, Says ACF

The apex socio-cultural forum, Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has described the incessant killings of innocent citizens along the Abuja/Kaduna expressway by bandits as a national shame. Reacting to the most recent attack by bandits on the road which led to the kidnap of many Nigerians, and murder of former Zamfara State governorship aspirant, the Late Hamidu Sagir, in an issued statement signed by the forum’s National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, expressed worry that Nigerians on a daily basis are being terrorised, kidnapped, and killed without let on this road. While…

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Banditry: Arewa, Middle-Belt Forums back Masari’s self-defence call

The Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF) and the Middle-Belt Forum, (MBF), have supported the call made by Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, for the people of his State to arm and defend themselves against bandits. Recall that Masari had, last Tuesday, advised the people of the state to arm and defend themselves against bandits in the region. According to the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, the ACF was in full support of Masari’s order, stressing, “Governor Masari has said the right thing”. He noted that Masari’s call on the Katsina…

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“All prisoners must be released if Boko Haram fighters are freed” — ACF to Buhari

The Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has given President Muhammadu Buhari two options on whether or not repentant Boko Haram fighters should be freed or put on trial. According to a statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, the Forum’s National Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Buhari government’s rehabilitation program is greatly flawed because it has failed to grant justice to victims of those being rehabilitated. Ogbeh, a former minister, said the fact that members of the group claim to have repented, does not mean crimes were not committed, and…

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Insecurity: “We know about a network behind Killings, kidnappings in the North” – ACF

The political and socio-cultural association of leaders in the North, the Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has said President Muhammadu Buhari is a disappointment to the North, for failing to put an end to insecurity as promised during his presidential campaigns. According to the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, in a published interview yesterday, the Forum is aware of those behind the kidnapping and killings in the region,  Yawe said, “If you have been reading our press outings, which I believe you have because you are one reporter that has reported…

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“Our youths are a time bomb waiting to explode”, ACF BoT tells Northern govs.

The Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has observed that Northern youths are a time bomb ready to explode at any moment. According to the ACF, the Northern governors have over the years refused to address the negative socio-economic situation youths from the zone are going through, thereby pushing most of the youths into criminality. Speaking at the second meeting of the Board of Trustees in Kaduna yesterday, the chairman of the BoT, Ambassador Shehu Malami, noted that if urgent steps are not taken to address their plight,…

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Restructuring: ‘Why we want to meet southern socio-cultural groups’ — ACF

…Puts Northern lawmakers on alert The Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has enjoined northern members of the National Assembly to be on the lookout for a Bill seeking to restructure the country. Chairman of the ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said this during a retreat organised by the Northern Caucus in the House of Representatives, in Niger State, on Monday. The one-day retreat was organised by the Northern Caucus of the House of Representatives, themed: ‘Petroleum Industry Bill and the Future of Nigeria’. Ogbeh, who spoke alongside other northern leaders, urged the…

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Southerners provoking North to spark crisis — Arewa Consultative Forum

The Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), yesterday accused peoples of the southern part of the country of provoking the North to set the country aflame. At its National Executive Council, (NEC) meeting in Kaduna, the group urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the country, saying Nigeria will overcome its challenges. On his part, ACF Secretary-General, Muktar Aliyu lamented that the North is sick, noting that “We have Boko Haram, we have banditry, we have kidnapping, we have rustling, attacks on Northerners in the South where many lost their property and…

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Insecurity/Secession agitations: ACF to meet Ohanaeze, Afenifere

…Asks Igbo leaders to stop killings of northerners in S/East The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has said it is planning to meet with leaders of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Afenifere and South-South groups, in the wake of agitations for the break-up of Nigeria and other security concerns. It, however, in the interim assured the security of Ibos living in the North and called on the South-East leaders to equally stop daily attacks and killing of ordinary northerners living and doing business in the South-East. These were contained in a communique issued…

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Insecurity: Nigeria will burn if Northerners retaliate attacks’ – ACF

The Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has said that Nigeria will be in flames if Northerners retaliate the attacks on them in other regions. The ACF’s spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, stated this while cautioning Northern youths against retaliation in the face of all forms of provocations. Yawe appealed to Northern youths to remain calm and not set Nigeria ablaze by avenging attacks. Yawe, in a statement, recalled how the 1960’s retaliatory killings set the country in flames. “You see the thing about the North is that people will be provoking the region and they…

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