A former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has challenged the Arewa Consultative Forum to emulate the Northern Elders Forum, NEF in standing against uncalled killings in the Northern region.
According to Sani in a recent post on his social media account, the ACF at this time must shun cowardness and challenge those in power over insecurity in the North so that history can be kind to them for speaking out and standing up for its people at such a time.
Naija News understands that recent attacks by bandits, cattle rustlers and Boko Haram in the Northern part of the country have claimed hundreds of lives, leaving even smaller communities desolate.
It could be recalled that NEF’s convener, Prof. Ango Abdullahi in a recent statement lamented on attacks by bandits and insurgents in the North, accusing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of failing to secure people of the region.
President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has, however, condemned Abdullahi’s submission over the attacks in the North. The presidential aide described the NEF as ‘a troop without a leader’.
Reacting to the arguments, Sani called on the Arewa Forum to raise a voice against horrible attacks and loss of lives in the North. He said, “Arewa Forum should emulate Northern Elders forum, by telling truth to power so that history will be kind to them for speaking out and standing up for the people of the region when they were being slaughtered and buried in mass. This is not the time for silence, cowardice and obsequiousness.”
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani has a few days ago advised the federal government on how it can handle those pushing for Nigeria’s breakup.
Speaking generally about those who support secession but with particular reference to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Sani noted that the government must project fairness and justice if it wants to end the calls for Nigeria’s secession.