ACF throws weight behind JNI, warns against double standard

ACF throws weight behind JNI, warns against double standard
The pan northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has thrown its weight behind the Muslim umbrella body, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) over the removal of the commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College and his counter in the Infantry Centre and School, both in Jaji over the recent bomb blast in the cantonment.
Though the ACF asked the government to carry out thorough investigation into the explosion at St. Andrew Protestant Church inside the Jaji cantonment, the forum expressed surprise at what it termed the use of two different tactics for similar issues.
In a communique at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna, signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, the ACF said that such action is liable to different interpretations, including the likelihood of injustice and victimization.
The Forum also called for a high powered investigation into the killing of Gen. Mohammed Shuwa and the controversies it has generated saying “ACF considered the recent killings of prominent Northerners by gunmen and particularly the allegations and controversies surrounding the killing of General Mohammed Shuwa.
All these have been very disturbing especially in view of the fact that nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book. The Forum urges the Federal Government to institute a high powered commission to investigate such controversial murders with a view to unveiling the truth.
The Forum also noted the disturbing trend of bomb explosions in the nation’s security establishments most recent of which happened at the Jaji military cantonment. Such trend should not be allowed to continue. Towards this end, the meeting appealed to federal government to thoroughly investigate the incident at Jaji and no blames should be apportioned before the conclusion of the investigation.
ACF is concerned that the authorities appear to be taking different actions for events that are identical in nature. Such actions are liable to different interpretations, including the likelihood of injustice and victimization of officers involved.
 The meeting also deliberated on the impending national census and urged all northern governors, political leaders and traditional rulers to be alert and mobilize people for the exercise”.
Tony Colins