From: Noah Ebije, Kaduna
A mild drama ensued on Monday between the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and a group from Kano, Muhammadu Buhari Legacy Implementation Initiatives, which told ACF that the North must ensure that 2019 presidency, does not go to any candidate other than President Muhammadu Buhari.
But in a swift reaction ACF came short of giving the group marching order out of the venue of the event. The ACF told the group that it “is not a partisan body.”
Also, the South-South Re-awakening Group led by its chairman, Mr. Joseph Ambakederimo, urged northerners through the ACF to reignite old political bond that existed between the south and the north for the peaceful coexistence and development of the people and the nation.
Chairman of Muhammadu Buhari Legacy Implementation Initiatives, Ado Mohammed, explained, “After Muhammadu Buhari was elected President in 2015, we decided that we should go round the whole country to implement Buhari’s legacies, assisting him from outside the government.
“We opted to look at his commitment, dedication, patriotism and sincerity of purpose to good governance and development of Nigeria.
“We will tour the 36 States of the country, beginning from Kano to mobilise for the president. We have started consultation with the 44 local government areas of Kano State, all the 434 wards are involved.
“What remains for us now is to start recruitment before the end of July, and we are calling on the management of this Forum to cooperate with us.
“After this, we will start from North East states that are considered as Buhari’s stronghold, that is, Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states.
“Then we will move to the North West, where I come from. Here we have more states to cover, and then we move to North Central, and gradually down to South West and South South.
“We do not belong to any political party. We are just pro-Buhari. We are not in APC. As it is today, both APC and PDP are in disarray, apology to any of you that is in either party.
In response, Vice Chairman, ACF, Senator Abubakar Girei, said, “I don’t agree with you that by next election North does not need any other person, I suggest that you reconsider your position. Secondly you don’t need to tell us about Buhari’s honesty because we know that was why Nigerians voted for him. What you can do now is to bring out the legacies or achievements of Buhuri which Nigerians don’t know so that the people can appreciate him and his kind of character.”