Open Letter: ACF Replies Obasanjo, Questions Motives
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of deliberately attempting to cause division and acrimony along religious, ethnic and regional lines in the country.
Reacting to Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the forum said former President Obasanjo has continued to predict doom and bloodshed in Nigeria, adding that his conduct was uncivilised.
The Arewa Consultative Forum announced its position today at a press conference in Kaduna addressed by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim.
While noting the freedom of expression and the right to hold opinion as enshrined in Nigeria’s constitution, ACF insists Chief Obasanjo should have used his unfettered access to the President or a better and most civilized way to communicate his views.
Two weeks ago, President wrote an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in which he lamented the continued Herder/Farmer crisis which he said was “being perceived as Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country.”
But the ACF condemned the idea of calling every criminal in the country a Fulani stressing that such narrative should stop going forward.
““The narration that every criminal, armed robbers and kidnappers are Fulani herdsmen because a Fulani man is at helm of affairs is a dangerous precedent which has to stop. Criminals must be regarded as criminals without giving them any ethnic, religious or regional coloration,” the ACF noted.
“What, we must ask, motivates Chief Obasanjo’s current divisive activities?” the ACF asked.
“His recent outburst on ‘Islamization’, Fulanization’, and ‘Northernization’ are clearly calculated at causing division and acrimony along religious, ethnic and regional lines which is most unfortunate,” the ACF Spokesperson said.
Additional reports by Philip Nwelih