Prominent leaders from the North-Central geopolitical zone have exited from the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and announced the formation of the North Central Peoples Forum, NCPF.
According to them, the new group will fight insecurity and marginalization, as they cited the worsening insecurity in the north as their reason for breaking away.
Gabriel Aduku, a former Minister of State for Health, is the interim chairman of the group.
Among members of the new group are: former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Jeremiah Useni, former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, a former Military Administrator of Kwara State, Colonial David Bamigboye (retd.), and former deputy chief of staff to the President, Chief Olusola Akomode.
Jeremiah addressed reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, saying that in spite of the abundant mineral and human resources in the North Central, the zone has been bedeviled by all manner of social vices.
Jeremiah said the new group will, among other things, cooperate and support the good policies of the six governors of the North Central zone irrespective of 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.”
Jeremiah said that with development, North Central has joined other zones that boast of common socio-political platforms where they meet to discuss their strength and weakness.
ACF is currently led by a former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe.