A coalition addressing concerns on democracy, rule of law, peace, and stability in Northern Nigeria has criticized the alleged quest for power by President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC). The group, represented by Shehu Idris, Vice Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, Oyo State Chapter, and Hajiya Aisha Ismail, Women Leader, Northern Community in South West, voiced their apprehensions during a recent rally.
Expressing distress over the current economic hardship in the North, the coalition emphasized that the persecution of political leaders in the region could exacerbate tensions. They called on Tinubu and the APC to abandon any purported plans to secure more states for the party through legal means, citing the potential for increased unrest.
Highlighting the dire economic situation in the country, the coalition decried the devaluation of the Naira, rising food costs, and soaring unemployment. They criticized the APC government for excessive spending on unnecessary ventures, asserting that such actions disregard the plight of the common citizens.
The coalition warned of potential repercussions in the South West if the North faces upheaval due to contested mandates. They appealed to President Tinubu and the APC to prioritize the economic well-being of the nation over a “crazy quest for power” and urged them to refrain from manipulating the judiciary to gain political advantage.