2015 Political Ambitions Threatening Nigeria’s Democracy, Says ACF
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF today warned the nation that its fledging democracy is under the threat of being truncated by the desperation with which politicians are seeking to retain or get into public office during the 2015 elections.
The body of Northern leaders raised the alarm in a communiqué issued at the end of its Board of Trustees and National Executive Council meeting which was presided over by the Chairman of the BoT, Lt. General Jeremiah Useni in Kaduna.
Part of the communiqué which was read by ACF’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Fati Ibrahim reads: “On the political climate in the country, the ACF has observed with concern that politicians are becoming desperate as the deadline of the 2015 general elections draw near. Some of the politicians already are resorting to measures that are undemocratic and may run counter to the peace and unity of the country.
“The ACF urges our political leaders to recall that it is fight over offices and political disagreements that have usually metamorphosed into serious conflicts and national crises. No politician’s interest is that large as to warrant another national conflict. The ACF is keenly concerned with and continues to monitor closely developments relating to the on-going military operations directed against Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the Northern states.
“The Forum had earlier expressed reservations about the wisdom of an all-out military campaign as the only strategy of tackling the problem and had accordingly welcomed the acceptance by the Federal Government to explore the other options of dialogue and conciliation.
“Accordingly, the ACF feels obliged to continue to draw the attention of the Federal Government on the need to ensure that on-going military campaigns results in a minimum destruction of human and material resources. Given our experiences with this campaign so far, there is the possibility of the military to taking heavy-handed actions or commit other offences, thereby making themselves very much part of the insecurity crisis rather than the solution in the conflict areas.
“In the light of these problems, the ACF urges the Federal government to allow human rights monitors and observers full access to all areas involved in the current military campaigns so as to ascertain the methods being applied.
“Furthermore, the ACF urges the Federal Government to comply in full with the resolutions of the National Assembly on the proclamation of the State of Emergency; especially with regard to the funding and sustenance of the military campaign. States and local governments in the arrears of conflict have borne the main cost of the operation with disastrous consequences on their economies.
“ACF welcomes the decision to release people being held in detention on suspicion of belonging to Boko Haram or related crimes, it is our hope that the Federal Government follows through with necessary relief materials to those affected.”
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