The pan-northern sociopolitical organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has said it won’t give its support to any 2023 presidential candidates that do not realize security problems confronting the Northern region.
According to the ACF’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Yawe, any candidate seeking northerners’ support should have a broad understanding of the security challenges and other problems challenging the region.
This came two days after attacking the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the rising insecurity in the North.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘ACF condemns endless killings in the North’ issued by its spokesman.
The group had urged the President to address the rising insecurity in the region.
It said, “We feel there is no need to call on President Buhari to live up to his oath of office. He knows more than anybody else the implications of swearing on the Quran and refusing to honour your oath to the Almighty.”
Concerning the northerners’ support, Arewa said it would not support anybody who had an empty knowledge of the security challenges and other problems of the region despite not involved in the selection of candidates.
The ACF spokesman said the forum would investigate each presidential candidate in 2023.
Yawe said, “The ACF does not and will not get involved in the affairs of political parties like selection of presidential candidates. All the political parties are welcome in the ACF.
“For the forum to get involved in the process of the multitude of political parties and select a presidential candidate for each will create too many problems. It is not even feasible or desirable for a mere pressure group like the ACF.
“We shall allow the parties to select their presidential candidates and once that is done, we shall scrutinise each of them. We have published our concerns about security and will continue doing so on other issues.
“Any politician with ears and eyes on 2023 should listen and see. Definitely if any fails to understand the security and other problems of the north, we will not support him.”