The Arewa Consultative Forum on Thursday accused the Presidency of adopting a divide and rule tactic against the North ahead of the 2015 general elections. It however sent a clear message to the government: We’ll reunite all groups in the region before the polls.
To buttress its allegation, the ACF cited the recent visit to President Goodluck Jonathan by some Middle Belt leaders, who urged him to contest the 2015 election. But the Presidency dismissed the allegation, describing Jonathan as a bridge-builder. Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, who reacted on behalf of the government , said that every Nigerian or group had the right to visit the President.
He said, “The ACF should know that the President is the President of Nigeria and any group of people can visit him to give their opinion so far such an opinion is not against the law. “If the ACF members want to visit the President, the door is open for them. They can come with their own position. They can come to say that they endorse or they do not endorse the President, depending on their opinion. “President Jonathan is not dividing the North; he is not dividing the South; he is not dividing the West or the East. The President is a bridge-builder who is working for the unity of the country.”