ACF faults calls for re­struc­tur­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

The Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF) has faulted calls for the re­struc­tur­ing of Nige­ria, say­ing the calls are un­nec­es­sary as they are ca­pa­ble of dis­tract­ing gov­ern­ment from other se­ri­ous is­sues af­fect­ing the polity.

The Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (NEC) of the ACF said af­ter its meet­ing in Kaduna that the calls for re­struc­tur­ing, pre­sented as de­mands and usu­ally fol­lowed by ul­ti­ma­tum to the au­thor­i­ties, were in­ap­pro­pri­ate. “Some groups take re­struc­tur­ing to mean true fed­er­al­ism, others call it re­source con­trol. How­ever, re­struc­tur­ing a big and di­verse coun­try as Nige­ria is a se­ri­ous busi­ness that must take ac­count of the views of all its cit­i­zens and not just of those that shout the loud­est or is­sue threats, in­tim­i­da­tion or black­mail,” the fo­rum said in a com­mu­niqué at the end of the meet­ing.

The fo­rum in­sisted that the present demo­cratic struc­ture pro­vided am­ple op­por­tu­nity for groups and in­di­vid­u­als to present their ag­i­ta­tions through their rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the na­tional and state Assem­blies.

“ACF there­fore con­sid­ers such ag­i­ta­tions at this ma­te­rial time as di­ver­sion­ary,” the com­mu­niqué added.

The meet­ing which was presided over by the ACF vice chair­man, Sen. Abubakar Girei, stated that de­spite the ef­forts of the mil­i­tary and other se­cu­rity agen­cies in tack­ling in­sur­gency, mil­i­tancy, kid­nap­ping and in­dis­crim­i­nate killing of in­no­cent per­sons by un­known gun­men had con­tin­ued, and this was be­com­ing a se­ri­ous threat to peace­ful co­ex­is­tence of Nige­ri­ans.

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