- Northern unions blockade of food times to southern Nigeria is still a trending topic in Nigeria
- The influential northern group, Arewa Consultative Forum, has intervened in the controversy
- The forum stated that the action is extreme and counterproductive to Nigeria's economy
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has frowned at the embargo placed on food items from the north to the south.
The influential northern group condemned the action in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 2, and seen by Legit.ng
The statement which was signed by the ACF national chairman, Chief Audu Ogbe, noted that the embargo will make the unity of the country fragile.
Part of the statement read:
“There is no need to mount a blockade by one section of the country against the other. This extreme measure is not progressive and even counterproductive. This is not the way to go.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the leadership of northern cattle and foodstuff dealers were recently invited by the Department of State Service (DSS) over the recent blockade.
The unions had earlier vowed to continue the enforcement of the blockade, adding that it would be sustained till the federal government attends to their demands.
Meanwhile, Miyetti Allah Association of Cattle Breeders, Kwara state chapter has said that the blockage of cattle and foodstuffs to the southwest will continue until the safety of Fulani is guaranteed in the region.
Aliyu Mohammed, the coordinator of the association said the move is a warning shot to ensure Fulanis operate their businesses peacefully and to end the harassment of the ethnic group in the south.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.