By Ben Agande, Kaduna.
The Arewa Consultative Forum has called on the federal government to be firm and assert it’s authority against those who have continued to make hate speeches in the country.
In a statement marking this year’s Eid celebration marking the end of fasting by Muslims across the world, the forum called on Nigerians to embrace peace and continue to pray for the peace affinity of the country.
The statement which was signed by Mohammed Ibrahim Biu, the publicity secretary of the Forum also called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the quick recovery of president Muhammad Buhari who has been in a London hospital for over fifty days.
Part of the statement reads: “In the spirit of the season, ACF calls on Nigerians to embrace peaceful dialogue as the most civilized means to address grievances, rather than engage in hate speeches of threats and intimidation, that have unfortunately been trying to polarize us along tribal, regional and religious divides.
The ACF also wants to use this opportunity to commend the Federal Government for its proactive approach which douse the tension created by the Biafra agitators and the subsequent quit notice issued by the Northern Youth groups. The consultations held with the various groups leaders and other stakeholders from the North and South East for the purpose of promoting unity and peaceful coexistence was appropriate and timely.
“Unfortunately, ACF has observed with concern that the hate messages from the agitators have continued unabated. ACF therefore, urges Federal Government to be firm and assert its authority, and ensure that the law takes its full course on those who considers themselves above the law” the statement concluded.
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