The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has condemned the attack in Maiduguri on the convoy of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The ACF also cautioned politicians particularly the Governor of Benue state and the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the APC,to desist from making statements that could incite their supporters against their opponents.
Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) Murtala Aliyu said in an interview that “our position on that is to condemn it in clear terms. The politics of violence is not in our character.”
“Once in a while of course there would be skirmishes here and there, but it’s unfortunate if any contestant, most especially somebody who had held the position of Vice President of Nigeria to go to any part of the country and be attacked.
“So we condemn it in absolute terms , we call on politicians to rein in their supporters and ensure that we have clean politics.
The ACF is always in support of clean politics. If you have something to sell, if you have something to tell the public, please go ahead but not with violence.
“Whatever happened in Maiduguri is condemnable and we call on politicians from all sides to exercise caution.
“Not only that, statements by some of the politicians like the Governor of Benue state and also the Vice Presidential candidate of the APC, sometimes as leaders, they should watch what they say so that they don’t incite people against their opponents. It is time that we learn to play clean politics,” he said.