Monday May 23, 2022 1:16 PM

2023: ACF warns southerners to stop issuing threats

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has warned Southern groups and politicians to stop issuing threats and ultimatum should the region fail to concede the 2023 Presidency to the region.

Speaking in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna, Murtala Aliyu, Secretary-General of ACF, said that the North producing the next president of the country should not unsettle the South.

He explained, “Gone are the days when Northerners felt blackmailed and intimidated by threats of restructuring, secession, break up or break down of Nigeria.”

He added that the North does not seek to dominate any part of the country, stressing that it would not submit itself to be relegated to serfdom.

According to the group, those issuing ultimatums were to be pitied, knowing that they knew not what they were doing.

The statement added that they owned no patent nor monopoly of the art or science of ultimatums.

The statement titled, “Enough of the blackmail”, stated that Southerners do not contest the fact that the North has 78 percent of the landmass of Nigeria, but refused to accept that the North has over 55 percent of the population of Nigeria.

It added that the voting population in the Northwest region of the North alone is bigger than those of the South-East and South-South combined, stressing “the South would never acknowledge the fact that all the beef, all the tomatoes, the onions, the beans, etc. consumed in the South are produced in the North.”

“They contest every fact, every principle, including those that formed the basis of our union, such as our federation, our system of administration, our democracy, among others,” the statement explained.

ACF pointed out that as the country inched towards the 2023 elections, it came as no surprise that some Southern politicians were giving their Northern counterparts an ultimatum.

The statement noted that Nigeria’s Fourth Democratic Republic is about 22 years old, of which the North ruled for only 10 years.

It observed that in-spite of this, some southern politicians were furious, issuing dare warnings against the election of any Northerner as president.

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