- Chief Audu Ogbeh is the new chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum
- Ogbeh, 72, emerged the chairman of the most influential group in northern Nigeria on Tuesday, March 10
- Benue state-born Ogbeh is a former minister of agriculture, communications and steel development
Chief Audu Ogbeh has emerged the new chairperson of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Leadership reports.
Ogbeh, 72, is a former minister of agriculture and former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ogbeh is also known for his literary works. He has written five plays which include three published works. He is also from Benue state in north-central Nigeria.
He lectured at the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria between 1972 - 1976 and the Department of Humanities, Murtala College of Arts, Science and Technology between 1977 - 1979.
In 1979 he ran for office in the Benue state House of Assembly on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), becoming deputy speaker of the house.
In 1982 he was appointed minister of communications, and later minister of steel development.
In the same vein, Senator Ibrahim Ida was elected the new deputy chairman of the ACF while Ahaji Murtala Aliyu emerged as the group's secretary-general.
Also, the new publicity secretary of the ACF is Emmanuel Yaweh.
The ACF is a political and cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in the year 2000.
The group is regarded as the most influential socio-cultural group in northern Nigeria with considerable influence in the social and political scene.
The forum is a successor to the Northern People's Congress, which collapsed after the coup of 1966.
Leaders of ACF say its purpose is to establish unity of northern leaders, working through elected officials to achieve progress in the region.
Ogbeh is coming on board at a time northern Nigeria is facing several challenges which includes insurgency, poverty, lack of education and hunger.
The region is also facing one of its most challenging periods as a first-class emir, Muhammad Sansui II of Kano was recently dethroned by the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.
Meanwhile, the elders of Kano state under the auspices of Advocates for a United Kano have condemned the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano.
The elders vowed to challenge what it described as the brazen acts of illegality perpetrated by the government of the state.
In a statement signed on Monday, March 9, the chairman of the elders’ group, Bashir Othman-Tofa described the dethronement as sad, unfortunate and illegal.
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