“Atiku should clear himself”- Murtala Aliyu
The Arewa Joint Committee which comprises the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Arewa House, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), and Jamiyyar Matan Arewa, has distanced itself from the comment of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.
Recall on last Sunday, Atiku had said that what the northerners need is not a Yoruba or Igbo candidate, but he a Nothernern who is a pan Nigerian.
The committee showed displeasure in the statement and warned that “the exploitation of ethnic and religious fault lines is extremely dangerous,” expressed concern that “the nation is already showing signs of stress owing to this exploitation.”
“Atiku should clear himself. The same question asked by the committee was administered to other presidential candidates too. So, we have no business with the opinion expressed by our guests,” Murtala Aliyu, told reporters in Kaduna on Tuesday.
Atiku’s comment has also garnered reactions from different quarters with many demanding he tenders an apology.