According to a Punch article, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are considering moving some of its departments from Abuja to Lagos State. The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) is vehemently against this idea. The group asserts that the purpose of Abuja’s selection as the state capital was to promote unity throughout the country and decentralize power, and they declare their intention to oppose any attempts to change this arrangement. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
Yerima Shettima, the President of the northern socio-cultural group, issued a statement on Friday, asserting that the proposed relocations to Lagos pose a substantial threat to Abuja status as the federal capital territory. The group emphasizes that such a move could jeopardize national unity, disrupt operations, lead to economic setbacks, and exacerbate regional imbalances.
The Arewa youth forum calls on Northern elites not to remain silent regarding the actions of FAAN and CBN, highlighting the potential impact on the political and economic viability of the region.
In the statement, “Abuja was deliberately chosen as the capital (of Nigeria) to promote National unity and decentralise power. Any agenda that seeks to tamper with this arrangement will be fiercely resisted by AYCF and its supporters.”
The group expressed, “The Northern elite must not be silent when the political and economic viability of Northern Nigeria is at stake and well-meaning Nigerians should speak out against this emerging arbitrariness. The organisation urges decision-makers to prioritise national unity and ensure that any actions taken do not perpetuate regional imbalances or compromise the political and economic viability of Northern Nigeria.” CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>