Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, a former Inspector General of Police was on Monday announced the new Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum while the former Military Administrator of Kebbi State, Col. John Ubah (retd,), was announced as the Secretary-General of the foremost northern socio-cultural organisation.
The outgoing Secretary-General of the forum, Col. Shehu Musa (retd.), disclosed in his report that the organisation had been involved in some of the initiatives of the Federal Government, which were aimed at mitigating the security challenges in the north.
He said “The ACF, being the foremost pan northern socio-cultural organisation, has been involved in some of the initiatives of the Federal Government which are aimed at mitigating the security challenges facing the North.
“At a point, the insurgency escalated in the North-East and the Federal Government realised that the use of military might alone was not enough to solve the crisis and people were calling on the government to have dialogue with the insurgents, the Federal Government appointed a committee under the Minister of Special Duties and once again a representative of ACF was nominated to the Committee.
“The effort of our Forum towards promoting peace and unity in the country neither stops with providing consultancy for the Federal Government nor with participation in committees commissioned by government. As part of our mandate, we initiated certain programmes which were aimed at promoting peaceful co-existence in our communities.”