Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has said even though it holds the belief that, every candidate to the office of the president of Nigeria should have an articulate and thorough blueprint that will catapult the country to be among the comity of great nations, it expects to see genuinely, the very positive and pragmatic policies and measures put in place to fight against corruption, insecurity, anarchy and a host of other disingenuous activities.
The forum, however, stated that it maintains a non-partisan disposition and, therefore, does not align itself with any particular individual or political party.
ACF made the assertions, while receiving the presidential candidate of the People’s Trust (PT) party, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, and his entourage, at the Kaduna headquarters of ACF on Thursday.
Earlier, the presidential candidate told ACF that he is in the race to unite the north, bring it back on tracks, and create wealth, as a core business mogul in the country.
He said “I want the north to come back to its olden-day glory of the Ground-Nut Pyramid during Sardauna when the north was one entity – when Kaduna was a home to everybody, who came from the north, irrespective of religion or tribes.
“The north was one north during Sardauna, where every socio-cultural group is represented here. And ACF represents 19 northern states, which is one of the biggest socio-cultural organizations in Nigeria. If Kaduna is peaceful, everywhere will be peaceful,” he said.
He said even though he is on campaign, if voted into office would work to return the north and Nigeria to the Good Old Days.
In his address, acting chairman of ACF, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande, said the forum is a non-partisan, non-political and non-religious body devoid of any ethnic or tribal sentiments.
He said as foremost northern socio-cultural organizations, it tries to promote peace, unity, justice and rule of law, with the main trust to promoting and protecting the interests and development of the north and its people within the context of one indivisible nation.
According to him, “In our non-partisan disposition, we do not align ourselves to any individual or political party. Rather, we strive to weigh the scale on what is good for North in particular, and the overall good of the nation.”
Kwande said the forum feels quite enthused to acknowledge the emergence of new breed politicians like Olawepo-Hashim vying for the various elective offices in the country’s nascent democratic dispensation, “which, by and large, has the potential to engender a healthy political process, as Nigerians strive to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far.”
The forum chairman asserted that, “At the moment, the Nigerian’s political and democratic terrain is fraught with negative underpinnings that everyone must all, as citizens and political actors, cultivate the will and courage, to free us from all that we see could mitigate against its progress and development in all ramifications.
“The country’s emergence as a multi-party democracy was a healthy development in the onerous task of nation-building. It’s therefore significant under the prevailing situation in our nationhood to witness quite a prolific array of political formation and platforms under which each and every Nigerian can have expression,” Kwande noted.
The forum said it therefore welcome the emergence of political parties and the presidential candidate of PT, it described as good self.
Accordingly, forum also stressed that as it holds believes that every candidate to the office of the president of Nigeria should have an articulate and thorough blueprint that will catapult the country to be among the comity of great nations, it expects to see genuinely, the very positive and pragmatic policies and measures put in place to fight against corruption, insecurity, anarchy and a host of other disingenuous activities which, if not effectively contained, would certainly be the bane of Nigerians progress and development as a people and one cohesive nation.