STOP DISPARAGING OUR LEADERS, AREWA YOUTHS WARN TINUBU

By Henry Ojelu The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum(AYCF) has sounded a note of warning to Chief Bola Tinubu against “disparaging” the region’s leaders, especially Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara. Tinubu Rising from an emergency meeting in Kaduna Wednesday night, the group took a swipe at the Southwest APC chieftain, in a media release signed by the National President of the group, Alhaji Yerima Shettima. “Let Chief Bola Tinubu bear in mind that gone are the days when any Southwest politician would take Northerners for granted. It is…

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INSECURITY: NORTHERN NIGERIA IS NOW UNDER SIEGE- SHEHU SANI

[FILE PHOTO] Senator Shehu Sani Sen. Shehu Sani (PRP-Kaduna Central) on Tuesday urged governments to take more proactive measures to address the overwhelming security challenges facing the Northern part of the country. Sani spoke while receiving groups from Birnin Gwari, Chikun Local Government Areas and representatives of Zamfara indegines resident in Kaduna. The groups presented a letter of complaint on the insecurity challenges facing them in their various communities for onward submission to the National Assembly. Sani said the entire Northern region was currently under siege and being faced with…

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INSECURITY WEAKENS NORTHERN NIGERIA ECONOMY

Northern Nigeria is in dire need of direct foreign and local investments. The north with its arable lands good for agriculture and abundance of solid minerals have not attracted much investment due to myriad of problems, most important of which is insecurity. According to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics, which oversees and publishes statistics in Nigeria, 10 states are the poorest in the country with over 70 per cent poverty rate. Most of the states, indeed nine of the states are Northern States and the exception was…

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GBAJABIAMILA’S AMBITION IS AGAINST NORTHERN INTEREST IN 2023- NORTHERN GROUP

By AZA MSUE KADUNA A group under the auspices of Arewa Youth Awareness Forum (AYAF) has on Saturday kicked against the decision of the All Progressives Congress to adopt the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, for the 9th National Assembly speakership. In a statement signed by the group’s Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General – Mohammed Sani-Kabir, Salisu Abdurrahaman and Ben Alege, also said the endorsement was against the collective interest of the north ahead of 2023 presidency. Recall that, the APC had on Tuesday adopted Gbajabiamila when…

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TINUBU, APC, OSINBAJO SHOULD FORGET 2023 PRESIDENCY- BABTOPE

Says APC Will Field A Northerner After Buhari’s Tenure By Temidayo Akinsuyi Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport, said on Sunday that the South-West zone of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would be fooling itself if it thought the national leadership of the party would zone the presidency to the region in the 2023 general elections. It has been rumoured that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are both nursing the ambition to succeed Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Speaking on…

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NIGERIA’S SECURITY HAS COLLAPSED- NORTHERN ELDERS

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday expressed dismay over what it called the recent “cataclysmic collapse of security and colossal threat to lives and property” in many parts of Nigeria. The convener of the forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, told journalists in Kaduna yesterday that the situation was more serious in the north, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to be sensitive to the plight of the people in the region. According to him, “while the north still lives under horrendous Boko Haram threats, the  situation  has been aggravated by threats of banditry,…

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WE WORKED AGAINST ATIKU BECAUSE HE PROMISED TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA- ACF SECRETARY GENERAL

Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, speaks with GODWIN ISENYO on a number of national issues including why the forum was against the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, in the recent election What is your view on the just concluded general elections in the country? I think there was a kind of improvement over the past elections. Nigerians, who have become more enlightened, helped to change what used to hold sway in the previous elections in which only big names called the shots. In…

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NORTH WILL PRODUCE BUHARI’S SUCCESSOR IN 2023 SAYS SHETTIMA

National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima, in this interview, speaks on the 2019 general elections, the Muhammadu Buhari administration and North’s quest to stay in power beyond 2023. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports What is your assessment of the 2019 general elections? There was an election and expectations were high, but it is very unfortunate that what happened was not what we expected and I am sure Nigerians were disappointed. We thought that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will conduct a more credible election than what we…

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KADUNA GOVT COLLECTS WARRANT FOR THE ARREST OF AREWA YOUTH GROUP MEMBERS

John Shiklam in Kaduna The Kaduna State Government has obtained a bench warrant for the arrest of members of the coalition of Northern youths that issued the quit notice to Igbos resident in the North to leave the region by October 1. The government, in a statement Thursday in Kaduna, urged members of the public to inform the police anytime those who issued the quit notice are seen or sighted. A group of Northern youths had in June ordered Nigerians of South-east extraction to leave the North on October 1…

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AREWA INITIATIVE CONDEMNS NORTHERN LEADERS FOR VISITING WIKE

The Arewa Initiative for Peaceful Coexistence in Southern Nigeria, AIPCSN, has condemned the five Northern governors who visited the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, after the clash between the Hausa community and the secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Oyibo Local Government Area of the state. The AIPCSN also sued for peace among Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, reiterating that the unity of the nation is not negotiable. The National Coordinator of AIPCSN, Alhaji Musa Saidu, who spoke in Port Harcourt, yesterday, worried that the…

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