• Says it will bastardise the status of Abuja as the capital city, and jeopardise national unity

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), a prominent youth organisation in northern Nigeria, has strongly condemned recent attempts to relocate key departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to Lagos, the former capital of the country.

The Youth Forum believed that the relocation pose a significant threat to Abuja’s status as the capital city and could have negative implications for the nation as a whole.

AYCF President General Yerima Shettima raised the concerns about the potential consequences that could arise from these relocations.

He emphasised that the move could undermine national unity, disrupt operations, cause economic setbacks, and perpetuating regional imbalances.

In a statement on Friday, Shettima said, “Abuja was deliberately chosen as the capital to promote national unity and decentralise power. Any agenda that seeks to tamper with this arrangement will be fiercely resisted by AYCF and its supporters.

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“AYCF is however disappointed with the complicit silence of the Northern elite regarding these provocations of relocating federal government offices back to Lagos.

“The Northern elite must not be silent when the political and economic viability of Northern Nigeria is at stake, and well-meaning Nigerians should speak out against this emerging arbitrariness.

“AYCF is calling on the relevant authorities to reconsider these proposed relocations in light of the potential harm they may cause to Abuja’s status as the capital city and the nation as a whole.

“The Forum would want to urge decision-makers to prioritise national unity and ensure that any actions taken do not perpetuate regional imbalances or compromise the political and economic viability of Northern Nigeria.

“AYCF remains committed to its mission of promoting unity and development in Northern Nigeria and the nation as a whole and will continue to advocate for the preservation of Abuja’s status as the capital city and to resist any attempts to undermine national unity.”