Group lauds Arewa leaders in Lagos for backing Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has commended Arewa Community leaders in Lagos State for their role in the victory recorded by the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the 2023 general elections.
Specifically, the AYCF commended the Arewa leaders, led by the Chairman, Arewa Council of Chiefs, Aminu Dogara, and Chairman, Fulani Council of Chiefs, Dr. Muhammad Bambado for their roles during the February 25 and March 18 ballots.
The group said: “It is gratifying to note that the contribution of Arewa Community voters in Lagos helped greatly in securing the victory of Tinubu and the re-election of Sanwo-Olu, which the Arewa Community helped to secure voluntarily, without requesting anything from them.”
National President of AYCF, Shettima Yerima, stated: “In view of the current development of Lagos State’s democratic space, the Arewa Community in Lagos, led by the Sarkin Hausawa and Sarkin Fulani, has made valuable sacrifice in the presidential, National Assembly and governorship elections in Lagos State.
“We are compelled to openly express our happiness over the volunteerism and self-sacrifice of the Arewa Community led by both Sarkin Hausawa and Sarkin Fulani, including their kith and kin in the 19 states of Northern Nigeria, in the elections that produced Tinubu as Nigeria’s democratically-elected leader.
“We feel duty-bound, therefore, to follow up on the promise made by Tinubu to all Northerners, to redeem his beautiful promise of protecting their image, integrity and safety, including the Arewa Community in Lagos. We believe this will further strengthen their faith in the capacity of the president-elect to deliver on his mandate.”
The group noted that promise is a debt, which they believe the president-elect and the Lagos governor (whose mandate has just been renewed) were aware of.
“We hope they will live up to expectation as soon as possible, especially for a voting population that did not collect a kobo before casting their votes for both the president-elect and the governor.
“For those of us, Arewa people in Lagos, Tinubu is a big brother because he is a son to our late leader and Sarkin Hausawa, Dogara Yaro, whom he fondly called father. So, we actually did it for our very own brother. Let it be known that the reward for good is always good; we delivered indeed.”