ACF sup­ports FG on stolen funds re­cov­ery

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

The Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF) has com­mended the steps be­ing taken by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­cover funds al­legedly stolen by for­mer public of­fice hold­ers, say­ing such ef­forts are not only ap­pro­pri­ate but will san­i­tize the sys­tem and en­sure dis­ci­pline in the con­duct of public of­fi­cers.

The Board of Trustees of the ACF met in Kaduna on Wed­nes­day, with its chair­man, Mal­lam Adamu M. Fika, pre­sid­ing.

It ap­plauded the in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is re­ceiv­ing in the ef­fort to re­cover and repa­tri­ate all stolen funds.

A state­ment by its na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Muham­madu Ibrahim, how­ever, said the ACF con­sid­ered as em­bar­rass­ing, re­cent state­ments threat­en­ing the unity of the coun­try.

“The group is par­tic­u­larly un­happy with the ac­tiv­i­ties of MASSOB and other eth­nic ag­i­ta­tors who are fond of call­ing for dis­in­te­gra­tion of the coun­try af­ter 55 years of in­de­pen­dence. ACF reaf­firmed its belief in one Nige­ria and the need for all hands to be on deck to move the na­tion for­ward,” he said.

The ACF also com­mended what it called the ef­forts of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in tack­ling the Boko Haram in­sur­gency through the joint multi­na­tional mil­i­tary task force of the Lake Chad Basin Com­mis­sion, global counter ter­ror­ism sup­port by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the mil­i­tary and other se­cu­rity agen­cies.

It also saluted the mil­i­tary for re­pelling the re­cent at­tack on troops at Goniri in Yobe State, where it noted that many ter­ror­ists were killed and dan­ger­ous weapons re­cov­ered.

The ACF said the suc­cess be­ing recorded by the mil­i­tary and other se­cu­rity agen­cies in com­bat­ing in­sur­gency in the north­east must have been as a re­sult of the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the field com­man­ders to end the in­sur­gency within the time frame given by the pres­i­dent.

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