ACF Slams President Buhari, Northern Governors

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called out President Muhammadu Buhari and the 19 northern governors for not showing empathy to traumatised families that lost loved ones during attacks by bandits.

The Forum said by constantly ignoring the plight of attacked communities, President Buhari and northern governors were “unwittingly” creating the impression that only their lives and those of their immediate family members and their offices mattered.

The group specifically referred to Saturday’s attack in Kaduna and also reminded the federal government and other state governors of recent attacks in the region.

It advised Governor Nasir El-Rufai to immediately visit attacked villages in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State where 38 people were killed and properties destroyed on Saturday evening. 

In a statement issued by the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, the Forum stated that while it joined Governor El-Rufai and Buhari in consoling those who suffered losses during the latest attack in Kaduna, the president and the governor must also show more empathy and sympathy during such grave security breaches. 

President Buhari was in Turkey when the attack was carried out. He returned on Sunday.

Buhari had also received a backlash some days ago when he attended the book launch of APC chieftain and ex-Osun State Governor, Bisi Akande, in Lagos soon after some bandits killed travellers in Sokoto.

The president had at the time sent a delegation on a condolence visit to Sokoto and also to Katsina, where one of Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s commissioners was assassinated in his house.

The ACF described as frustrating “What appears to be an endless orgy of killings in northern Nigeria.” According to the Forum, “Nothing stops the president and a state governor from visiting such places.

“We sadly note that he has never felt it necessary to do so. In fact, following his example, not one governor has done so except Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.

“There was a similar incident in Uba Askira in Borno, where 10 people were killed and uncountable numbers were taken away. The people affected by these savage attacks are thus left to think that their lives don’t count. The ACF believes the president and the northern governors can do better than this,” it stated. 

There was no immediate response from the Northern Governors’ Forum led by Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State. Calls and text messages sent to his Director of Press Affairs, Makut Simon Macham were not responded to as of the time of filing this report.

There was also no response from the Presidency.

However, hours before the statement by the ACF, the northern governors through Lalong said they were happy with the ongoing onslaught by Nigerian Armed Forces against bandits and insurgents terrorising various parts of the country particularly the North East, North Central and North West. 

 Lalong said in the statement, “We want the operations to be sustained and further coordinated to ensure that the terrorists do not shift their bases after being dislodged from current areas.”

 This, he said, will make sure the terrorists were completely subdued and restrained from regrouping for law and order to prevail across the country.

It also condemned the recent attacks by terrorists in various LGAs of Kaduna State, Wase LGA in Plateau, Askira Uba and other LGAs in Borno, in Niger State, among others where innocent citizens were gruesomely murdered and property destroyed. 

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