North­ern elders re­ject ACF stand on Jonathan’s spat with govs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

The North­ern Elders Coun­cil (NEC) yes­ter­day ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF) for speak­ing with one voice with the North­ern Elders Fo­rum (NEF) over the ar­gu­ment be­tween Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan and some gov­er­nors.

Both ACF and NEF signed a joint state­ment on Tues­day call­ing on Jonathan and the gov­er­nors to ex­er­cise re­straint. The NEC said it was em­bar­rassed with the way the ACF, seen as ‘pan north­ern plat­form’ agreed to work to­gether with NEF which por­trayed it­self as back­ward-look­ing group.

“It was a mat­ter of ut­most re­gret that an or­ga­ni­za­tion like ACF, which is an um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion that serves as a pan north­ern plat­form will lend it­self to the ma­nip­u­la­tion of the NEF, which is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that has con­sis­tently, openly and man­i­festly ad­vo­cated vi­o­lence, threat and in­tim­i­da­tion,” NEC spokesman Am­bas­sador Yusuf Mam­man said in a state­ment.

He said, “For ACF to agree to sub­mit a joint state­ment with the NEF is un­for­tu­nate and ab­so­lutely re­gret­table. The NEF has con­sis­tently sought to ar­ro­gate it­self the right to speak and act in a very di­vi­sive, un­pa­tri­otic, un­state­manly and par­ti­san man­ner. This we re­ject. It is un­ac­cept­able.”

The coun­cil urged ACF to stay away from par­ti­san pol­i­tics.

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