2019 Presidency: Arewa Youth Blast ACF Over Unguarded Comments
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum(AYCF) has lambasted the Secretary of Arewa Consultative Forum, Mr. Anthony Sani for playing to the gallery in order to get media attention on the issue of 2019 presidency.
The youth group, in a tacit statement in Kaduna signed by its National President – Alhaji Yerima Shettima, described the “subtle attempt by the ACF Secretary to get media attention by taking advantage of a recent interview by Professor Ango Abdullahi, “who spoke the minds of many Northerners about the rampaging levels of poverty, poor governance, attendant insecurity and general stagnation in the North, that has led to a feeling of disappointment and frustration among the people”.
The youths charged that the ACF and its Secretary, ” that pretend about promoting cultural interests of the North is now dabbling into decidedly partisan issues, in order to mislead Northerners and create unnecessary controversy”, the group noted.
” We are appalled that the ACF has decided to indulge in disinformation in order to undermine the sincere and genuine efforts of respected, prominent Nigerians like Professor Ango Abdullahi and the NEF in helping the region find its correct political compass ahead of 2019″.
The youth group tasked ACF to “stop dabbling into decidedly partisan issues, while pretending to be non-partisan” arguing that the ACF “is losing its focus on the true wishes and aspirations of the generality of Northerners”.
The group charged the ACF to “channel more energy into the cultural issues it was set up to promote and let the NEF be”.
The AYCF also challenged the ACF to forward any evidence of its effort in sensitizing or mobilizing for peaceful 2019 elections, or even counselling Northern voters on the need to get their PVCs.
“Mr. Anthony Sani and his co-travellers in the ACF should stop portraying the Forum like an arm of the Federal Government, do the needful by telling the truth to power, about the current concerns in the North, as we approach 2019”, the youths noted.