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North-Central Geopolitical Zone Breaks Away From Arewa, Forms New Forum

North-Central Geopolitical Zone Breaks Away From Arewa, Forms New Forum

The North-Central geopolitical, comprising of the 7 states and the FCT, have moved to form a new forum.

Prominent leaders from the North-Central geopolitical zone have exited the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and announced the formation of the North Central Peoples Forum, NCPF.

The North-Central leaders said that the new group will fight insecurity and marginalization, as they cited the worsening insecurity in the north as their reason for breaking away.

Gabriel Aduku, a former Minister of State for Health, will serve as the interim chairman of the group.

Other members of the new group are former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Jeremiah Useni, former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, a former Military Administrator of Kwara State, Col. David Bamigboye (retd.), and former deputy chief of staff to the President, Chief Olusola Akomode.

Senator Useni addressed reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, saying that in spite of the abundant mineral and human resources in the North Central, the zone has been bedevilled by all manner of social vices.

According to Useni, the new group will cooperate and support the good policies of the six governors of the North Central zone irrespective of political, religious and ethnic differences.

“We will support and cooperate fully with the Federal Government for full and complete implementation of infrastructures, development projects situated in the zone and the involvement of the people of the zone in the national affairs of the country.

“We will promote, defend and strengthen North Central unity and the interest of its people in the context of one indivisible Nigeria and to contribute to the safeguarding of her territorial integrity.”

Useni said that with development, the North Central has joined other zones that boast of a common socio-political platform where they meet to discuss their strength and weakness.

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, which the North-Central zone is breaking away from is currently led by a former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe.

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