- The Arewa United Political Forum (AUPF) wants Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate the claimed distribution of rice to northern residents in Lagos
- AUPF claims that the northern residents did not get any grain of rice against the alleged claim by a commissioner, Architect Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi
- The body also warns that the name of the northern residents in the state should not be used to perpetrate fraud
The Arewa United Political Forum (AUPF), a northern socio-political organisation, under the leadership of Alh Muhammed Dandama, has called on the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to hold one of his commissioners to account over a recent scandal that rocked the distribution of rice to some residents of the northern extraction in the state.
Architect Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, the Lagos commissioner for waterfront, was recently accused by northern chiefs of diverting bags of rice supposedly meant for the Arewa community of the state.
According to the chiefs, no recognised Arewa resident in Lagos got a grain of rice even though the commissioner claimed to have shared tonnes of rice to the beneficiaries.
In a statement by its state secretary, Umar Adamu Hassan, on Friday, the AUPF called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to ask the commissioner what happened to the bags of rice.
The group, which said it had been sympathetic to the All Progressives Congress (APC) since its time as Alliance for Democracy (AD) and even campaigned for the party's candidates including Sanwo-Olu, lamented that the state government had on many occasions reneged on the promises it made to the Arewa people.
"All promises made by government have been unfulfilled, but we never complained even though we did not receive anything.
"Now again, we just heard that one Architect Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, commissioner for waterfront, was given materials for distribution and he claims to have given same to us.
"We want to put it on record that we did not get a grain of rice from him. He should come and prove where and when he gave out the bags of rice which he described as "tonnes" to us.
"We are bold to say that the commissioner lied and we will not allow our names to be used to perpetuate fraudulent acts. We have our names to protect," the group said.
While commending Sanwo-Olu for his administration's effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, he appealed to the governor not to allow anyone to undermine the government's positive moves.
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It also urged the Arewa residents in Lagos to eschew acts that would bring disrepute just as it advised them to focus on the tenets that follow the Islamic fasting period.
At the time of filing this report, there had not been any official reaction by the commissioner.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) recently berated the Lagos state government for neglecting its community in the state in the distribution of the lockdown palliative.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by the national president of AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, the group said it was aware that its community in Lagos was totally left out in the distribution of the palliatives.
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