Northern leaders accuse Jonathan of using ‘divide and rule’ to split the north ahead of 2015

The ACF said it is aware of the president’s polarization plans.

Some northern leaders have accused President Goodluck Jonathan of trying to divide their ranks using a ‘divide and rule’ tactics.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Jeremiah Useni, said this at the opening of the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Kaduna.

Mr. Useni accused the Federal Government of adopting a divide-and-rule tactics to polarise the North ahead of the 2015 election.

“I am very sad that the presidency have started divide and rule on the north. Recently we noticed with dismay that some members of this organisation have gone to the president and assured him that he must contest for election in 2015.

“We were surprised that some of the members that went there are also members of ACF; particularly two gentlemen. The two gentlemen one belongs to ACF and the other one is in Elders forum. We were surprised because one of them has being very helpful to us,” he said in a speech read on his behalf by the ACF Chairman, Aliko Mohammed.

The Chairman said the forum was making efforts to reconcile all political camps in the region, including the Northern Governors, for the attainment of the common vision and goals of the region.

“Also I am saying that during one of our visits to Kano when we saw the Kano State Governor, he suggested that ACF should reconcile the leadership of the north, I think now it is necessary for ACF to intervene on what is happening with regards to Northern governors.

“We are not talking about Nigerian Governors Forum where 36 people cannot decide who to lead them. We are talking about north where already two governors have withdrawn. It is something that should not be,” he said.

He decried the continuing insecurity in the region, and pledged that the ACF would continue to work for social, economic and political development of the area.

Presenting the ACF Annual Report, the Secretary General, Musa Shehu, said the insecurity in the region had necessitated a tour of the region by some of the members.

Mr. Shehu added that the members also met with elders from the southern part of the country and various cultural organisations to discuss issues that would reform the country, and improve moral values and ideals.



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  • Zukoko

    Nigerians will be shocked in 2015,the degree of unity that will be displayed in the 2015 election will suprise those trying to divide it.Those elders and governors should start preparing to move out of the is only a fool that stumble over the same stone twice 2015 is a defining moment,people like Dokubo should get ready.

  • K.A

    It isn’t an exaggeration to state here that these regional based organisations have been partly responsible for hampering Nigeria’s growth with ethno-centric sentiments. I wish that all these good for nothing organisations causing disaffection amongst Nigerians be ban or scrapped for good. God bless Nigeria.

  • emmanuel

    How can a clueless drunk use divide and rule political strategies against a people who are meant to rule us forever?

    I pity those who think that the minority will never rule Nigeria.for your information,the first two citizens of this nation are minorities .so will it be till 2019

    GEJ don hold d for brocus.

    So na who be dumbo?

  • Dominic’s

    I believe Nigeria is one, against all odds

  • Ndidi

    Let’s blame GEJ for everything! Thankfully honest Nigerians know that any “divide and rule” in this country is done exactly by Northerners. Thankfully also, Northern youth are now realizing that it is their own rulers who have deliberately caused all their problems: their poverty, their lack of education, and their lack of development, all because of gross corruption. Even the sponsoring of Boko Haram can be laid at the feet of some Northern rulers. GEJ bent over backwards, listening to these Northern rulers, offering amnesty to a cruel group of murderers who even rejected it. Now these Northern leaders are blaming GEJ. Ungrateful lot!

  • Afam

    The Chairman said the forum was making efforts to reconcile all political camps in the region, including the Northern Governors, for the attainment of the common vision and goals of the region.

    So common vision of the Northerners is to continue ruling this country? chai this particular region will continue to create their own downfall…..Nobody is dividing North but Nigerians have realized that northerners will not continue to rule Nigeria after 38 years the mantle of leadership was with them….without adding value to Nigerian state before 1999..Power sector zero,oil and gas sector zero,education zero,corruption 100% A1…ask IBB,sorry to this region..

  • Foresight

    Premium Times, you should correct yourself. Don’t tell me that you don’t know their current chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Aliko!!! It was NOT Jeremiah Useni who said so. Jerry Useni left them long ago.

  • juice

    If the divide and rule system can work against any organization/institution it shows how frail the union is. work on the bond and unity of your entity

  • Naijaa

    Just like you use on other regions, get the taste of it .

  • isaac

    No, they should accuse Kwankwaso!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just Who is fooling Who?

    • Musa Sulaiman

      Is kwankwaso the president. What are you saying.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    muslims should vote for muslims.shikena.

  • Es3

    Jerry “boy” Useni is back?! Abacha’s apple is still avaialable oh!
    Which Jonathan is dividing the north and which north is this? Does that north include the middle belt and north east that is awakening from the “pain killer” laced with “sleeping tablet” that the selfish so called core north administered on them for decades before now? If yes, leave Jonathan out of this and face the reality on ground!!!