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  • Updated: December 15, 2023

Arewa youth forum seeks inclusion of northerners in Lagos govt

Arewa youth forum seeks inclusion of northerners in Lagos go

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has  demanded  the inclusion of northerners in Lagos state government.

It also raised concerns about the marginalisation of Northerners living in the State as well as the state government's inequitable distribution of commodities and services. 

The AYCF also urge the state to guarantee that Northerners are fairly represented in critical positions within the Lagos state government.

In a statement, the forum's president general, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, cautioned that failing to address these concerns might have serious political ramifications in the approaching elections.

Shettima stated that northerners trusted the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and invested extensively in their campaign for office, resulting in a significant majority of votes.

The AYCF, on the other hand, regretted that the administration had eventually marginalised, betrayed, and let down northerners.

He spoke out against what he saw as a bias in appointments and patronage.

Shettima alleged that the state government favoured southerners over northerners in terms of appointments and that the Igbo, who predominantly supported and voted for Peter Obi, were given preferential treatment.

AYCF also voiced worry over the Tinubu administration's inequitable allocation of goods and services.

“The Northern population, being a significant part of Lagos state, expects to receive a fair share of resources and development projects in the communities where they predominate.

“However, the Northern communities in Lagos have been neglected, with resources and projects disproportionately allocated to Yoruba indigenes and residents.

“This imbalance has exacerbated economic challenges and deepened the sense of marginalization among Northern communities.

“In March 2023, Northern voters in Lagos entrusted their faith in Sanwo-Olu to address their limitations and guide them towards a secure and prosperous future.

“They believed that their votes would result in a united Lagos state, where resources and appointments would be proportionately shared. However, months into its inception, the administration has proven to be controlled by Yoruba regional jingoists,” said Shettima. 

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