The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has been splited into two due to insecurity in the region and the way iit is being handled by the authorities.
The split was made public by some prominent leaders from the North-Central geopolitical zone who said the zone has exited from the Forum.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the group said in spite of the abundant mineral and human resources in the zone, the North-Central was bedeviled by vices, like kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality.
Among the leaders of the new group are former Minister of State for Health, Gabriel Aduku, who is the interim chairman, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Jerry Useni, former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, a former Military Administrator of Kwara State, Col. David Bamigboye (retd.), and a former deputy chief of staff to the President, Chief Olusola Akomode, among many others.
According to Useni who spoke on behalf of the new group, the existence of similar groups in other parts of the country had given rise to group affinity and solidarity among the states in a particular geopolitical zone to canvass things of common interest.
He said he was confident that the new forum would unite the people of Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory in their quest to ensure that peace and stability was established and sustained within the zone.


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