Following the resolution of the Tuesday’s meeting of the Southern Governors Forum in Asaba, Delta State, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Wednesday accused the forum of playing politics with the security situation in the south.
The ACF faulted the silence of the governors on the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other secessionist groups.
Security experts also expressed concern that the governors were silent on the killings of operatives and attacks on security formations by gunmen in the South East and South South.
ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, said: “They’re playing politics. I wouldn’t say they’re intimidated, maybe they do not want to offend what appears to be the feelings of the youths of the South.
“Some youths want to push through an agenda and see the governors as an obstacle to whatever agenda they want to push either to secede or antagonize the North and so in order to save their skin, they (governors) wouldn’t want to be seen to be attacking what the youths are doing even though they know it’s not correct, so I think they are just trying to save their skin,” he said.
Yawe said some of the points presented by the southern governors in their communique were not new and had long been accepted by the ACF. “They spoke about restructuring and open grazing. On the issue of open grazing, at our last National Working Committee meeting in Kaduna, the national leader of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria spoke against open grazing, they want government to create ranches and they’re willing to go into ranching.”