– The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has issued a stern warning to northerners to steer clear of the southeast for now
– The ACF said given the mounting insecurity in the region, the southeast is a no-go area for now, especially for northerners
– The group advised those who must embark on an essential trip to the region to get security operatives to escort them
Kaduna – The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has advised northerners to avoid travelling to the southeast for now in view of the prevailing security situation in the region.
The ACF advised those embarking on essential trips to the region should employ the services of security agents to protect them.
The advice was contained in a statement issued by the national chairman of ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Monday, May 31.
Part of the statement read:
“The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) hereby issues a very strong advisory to all northerners who may wish to travel to the southeast.
“Northerners should weigh the importance and necessity of such travels. Unless such trips are absolutely necessary and of compelling nature, like matters of life and 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 Arewa Consultative Forum also wishes to call, with the strongest voice, on the Security Agencies to do everything possible to apprehend those who assassinated Alhaji (Barr) Ahmed Gulak 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 Nigerian, are murdered in cold blood by misguided and atrocious people.”
In a related development, the Northern Governors Forum has described the killing of All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak in Owerri, the Imo state capital as a criminal act that must be condemned.
Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau state, also warned against politicising issues surrounding the death which he said could lead to further violence.
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the assassination of Gulak which occurred on Sunday, May 30.
A statement on Monday, May 31 by the group seen by Legit.ng and signed by its spokesman Chief Alex Ogbonnia, described Gulak’s murder as one death too many which also sends the wrong signal to the general public.