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Arewa community members differ over call for commissioner’s removal

By Gbenga Salau
23 September 2022   |   3:11 am
Some members of Arewa Community in Lagos, yesterday, held a rally in support of the Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi, countering the earlier call by some members of the same community that the commissioner should be sacked.

Some members of Arewa Community in Lagos, yesterday, held a rally in support of the Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi, countering the earlier call by some members of the same community that the commissioner should be sacked.

The group, led by Alhaji Musa Saleh, who claimed to be the State Secretary-General of Arewa Community, said that the community in Lagos is very pleased with the commissioner’s performance in terms of representing them in the state cabinet.

He added that Abdullahi is and remains the leader of Arewa Community in Lagos, claiming those who came to protest earlier were disgruntled members of the community.

Saleh said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the state House of Assembly should not honour the call that the commissioner should be removed.

The factional members of the community, who had earlier protested, also petitioned Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, demanding the removal of the commissioner.

In a letter, they lamented the failure of the commissioner to carry the group along despite ‘parading’ himself as the Chairman of Arewa Community.

The leader of the earlier protesting group, Alhaji Ado Dansudu, said that the commissioner was never Arewa leader in the state, saying that Abdullahi imposed himself on the group, as he was never elected.

He added that the commissioner had been running the affairs of the Arewa Community through a three-man executive team, disclosing that Saleh claiming to be Secretary General of Arewa Community is not recognised.