Just In: Middle-belt breaks away from ACF, forms new group
Leaders from the middle belt have announced their breakaway from the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and the formation of the North Central Peoples Forum as a platform to fight insecurity and marginalization.
This, according to the Middle-Belt leaders, is as a result of the recent increase of insecurity within the north.
The group said in spite of the abundant mineral and human resources in the zone, the North- Central was bedeviled by vices, like kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality, promised to pursue industrialization within the region.
Obinwannem News gathered that the newly formed North-Central group is being led by a former Minister of State for Health, Gabriel Aduku, who is the interim chairman.
Also, other prominent Nigerians such as; former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Jerry Useni; former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu; former Military Administrator of Kwara State, Col. David Bamigboye ( retd. ); former deputy chief of staff to the President, Chief Olusola Akomode, were also listed as members.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Senator Jerry Useni told journalists that the existence of similar groups in other parts of the country had given rise to group affinity and solidarity among the states in particular geopolitical zones to canvass things of common interest.
He said, “The forum is also aimed at ensuring cooperation and support for the good policies and administration of the six governors of the zone, irrespective of our political, religious and ethnic differences.
“We will support and cooperate fully with the Federal Government for full and complete implementation of infrastructures, development projects situated in the zone and the involvement of the people of the zone in the national affairs of the country.
“We will promote, defend and strengthen North Central unity and the interest of its people in the context of one indivisible Nigeria and to contribute to the safeguarding of her territorial integrity.
“Consequently, every zone now has a common socio-political platform where they meet to discuss their strength and weakness with the view to propounding and promoting progress and development of the zone.”
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