Ploy to subvert will of Northerners portends danger for Nigeria – Coalition warns
A coalition of Arewa Communities in South-West Nigeria has expressed deep concerns over alleged ploy to subvert the will of a majority of Northern voters through the judiciary.
The coalition made this known on Wednesday in Ibadan during a public gathering/rally on current developments relating to Democracy, Rule of Law, and Peace and Stability in Northern Nigeria.
Shehu Idris, Vice Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, Oyo State Chapter, and Hajiya Aisha Ismail, the Women Leader, Northern Community in South West who jointly spoke on behalf of the group, lamented the current hardship in the North, adding that the seeming persecution of some prominent political leaders in the region would further heat up the zone.
While calling on the judiciary to tread carefully in order not to subvert the will of the people, particularly in Zamfara, Plateau, and Kano states, the coalition said any crisis in the North is a result of such action would have a massive ripple effect in the South West.
The group appealed to President Bola Tinubu and the All-Progressives Congress to jettison the alleged plot to hijack more states for the ruling APC through the instrumentality of the court.
It said : “We are a coalition of various Arewa groups in South West Nigeria which look out for the interests, safety and well-being of Arewa communities in the region.
” We are all witnesses to the economic and political difficulties being faced by the citizens of our country especially those in the Northern part of the country. INEC failed to deliver free, fair, and transparent elections and this is made evident by the cases in our electoral Tribunals and appellate courts after the 2023 elections.
“The economy is bad. The Naira has lost value. Food is more expensive and Unemployment is very high. All these have led to higher costs of feeding, education, health, accommodation, and transportation.
Yet the APC Federal Government is still borrowing and spending so much money on unnecessary travel, renovation of buildings, and cost of governance. These people do not care about the “common man” of Nigeria.
“Our independent-minded leaders in the North are being dealt with “politically” by this government.
All ahead of 2027 even before the end of 2023!! Former Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufa’i who worked on his colleagues in the North to sway victory for President Tinubu was disgraced and in a “game” played by the government, his nomination was rejected by the Senate during the confirmation process, allegedly on spurious claims of not scaling security screening.
Sen. Danjuma Goje, Senator Abdulazeez Yari, and others have also suffered politically in one way or the other.
Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso is also under attack and fighting for the survival of Kano State.
“The information reaching us on a daily basis is alarming. Our people in the various states in the North are mostly of the view that this government is working to suppress the North.
Amongst other things, they seem to be suppressing our leaders as stated above, and are also subverting the will of the majority of the NORTHERN ELECTORATES! This is clear from the election cases in Plateau, Zamfara, and Kano. As we all know, these three states are volatile states! The perceived daylight robbery and truncation of the WILL of the PEOPLE through the courts might not be accepted by the people. There is, unfortunately, a feeling by our people that this is all being caused by the inordinate 2nd term ambition of President Bola Tinubu who hasn’t even settled into his first term! Anti-Yoruba sentiments are growing in the North for this reason.
“Obviously, a degeneration of this situation will impact on us directly as Arewas in the South West. If the North erupts due to the hijacking of the people’s mandate by the APC through the courts and Yorubas bear the brunt of it, then we, as Northerners, will not be safe in Yoruba land either!
“We therefore call on the President and his party to stop this crazy quest for power and the grabbing of states, using the judiciary. Mr President has been quoted in the past as saying “snatch it, grab it, and run with it. Power is not served a la carte”. From what we hear coming from the North, this will be resisted this time around.
Unfortunately, we the Arewas in the South West might suffer for it.
“As our counterparts in Kano, the Yoruba community have cried out last week through a press conference, the growing political tension in Kano is alarming, and it needs to be swiftly addressed by Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu through non-interference into the matters of the judiciary as an independent arm of government.
“Finally, we are told that ” Law is Social Engineering”. We trust that the Supreme Court, a co-equal arm of government, will redeem the image of the Judiciary and not allow it’s institution to be used by a recklessly power hungry arm of government to ignite Nigeria!”