The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has warned political leaders who use their utterances to inflame regional, ethnic, and religious passions out of the current situation in the country.
In a communique issued on Thursday at the end of its executive meeting in Kaduna, the forum said called on Nigerian leaders to exercise restraint in their utterances in the current circumstances.
Naija News reports that Audu Ogbe, a former minister of agriculture, presided over the meeting.
In a communique signed by Emmanuel Yawe, spokesman of the forum, ACF stated that the activities of bandits, kidnappers and insurgents are a setback to the northern region.
“On insecurity, the forum expressed displeasure at the state of affairs in the north and in the country in general.
“The forum condemned the activities of insurgents, kidnappers and bandits in the north, saying that their activities are killing the peace and progress for which the north was noted for when the founders of the region were in power,” the group said.
Meanwhile, the ACF stated that parents of the kidnapped students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, who were abducted by suspected bandits in March also briefed them.
The Arewa group expressed regret that some of the kidnapped students remained in captivity, while the government had not done much to get them released.
The group also condemned the killing of northerners in the South-east but kicked against any planned reprisal attack in the north.
“We the Arewa Consultative Forum stand against all lawless acts of self help and call on all northern youths to stop such evil plans. They do not enjoy our support,” the group said.
“The Arewa Consultative Forum believes in dialogue and consultation as a way of bringing peace and normalcy back to our troubled region and nation.”
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