ACF advise northerners not to travel to southeast


The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have issued a travel advisory to Northerners to shelve travelling to the Southeast, unless it is absolutely compulsory.

The advisory followed the unprovoked killings of innocent Nigerians, including Northerners in the Southeast.

ACF Chairman Chief Audu Ogbe said the ongoing crisis is reminiscent of the killings of Northern leaders in 1966, which triggered the chain of events that led to the three-year civil war.

Ogbe, former Agriculture minister and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), urged the Federal Government to arrest the killers of the former presidential adviser, Ahmed Gulak, who was shot dead in Owerri, the Imo State capital, last Sunday.

The outcry over Gulak’s murder has continued as eminent Nigerians who expressed sadness over the violence urged the security agencies to investigate the killings and bring all the perpetrators to book.

Ogbe lamented what he described as the spate of attacks and killings of Northerners resident or visiting the Southeast in recent times.

He said: “The ACF was among those who put pressure, on, and ultimately convinced, the AUFCDN to call off the strke. The ACF did that in the spirit of one Nigeria.

“Yesterday, Sunday 30th May, 2021, one of leaders in the north was brutally murdered on the streets of Owerri Imo state by gunmen, most likely of IPOD and Eastern Security Network (ESN), who have been waging a public campaign of killings and other forms of brutalities, to realise their dream country of Biafra.

“The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) hereby issues a very strong advisory to all northerners who may wish to travel to the South East. Northerners to weigh the importance and necessity of such travels. Unless such trips are absolutely necessary and of compelling nature, like matters of life & death, they should NOT be made.

“And where the trip must be undertaken, the traveller should take every security precaution in his or her movements while there, including linking with the security agencies at the place/places to be visited.

“The need to issue this travel advisory has become necessary against the backdrop of history, wherein events such the killings of northern leaders in 1966 triggered the events that led to a civil war that cost the country thousands of lives, and an untold sufferings to millions of innocent people. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and a stich in time saves nine!

“The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) also wishes to call, with the strongest voice, on the Security Agencies to do everything possible to apprehend those who assassinated Alh. (Barr) Ahmed Gulak in cold blood and bring them to justice.

“The lives of northerners, and indeed of ALL Nigerians matter, and the ACF cannot keep mute when our people, and indeed all Nigerians, are murdered in cold blood by misguided and atrocious people.

“Unfortunately in the midst of all this serious national crisis it would appear that the entire narrative from the South East has been taken over by IPOB and so-called unknown gunmen to the exclusion of established leaders. This is worrisome.”

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