The pan-northern socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday described the decision of the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Festus Odimegwu, to resign his appointment as a welcome development.
Mr. Odimegwu had resigned his position on Wednesday following his query by the presidency over some remarks he made on the nation’s past census which appeared to embarrass the Federal Government.
ACF’s position which was articulated by its National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, however commended Mr. Odimegwu for taking a step it considered as selfless and in larger interest of the nation.
ACF said, “The resignation of the Chairman of the National Population Commission, Chief Festus Odimegwu, is healthy and so a welcome development in the sense that the chairman has proved to be sensitive to public opinions and clamors and has yielded to the view of majority of commissioners of the NPC as well as to the views of public spirited groups.
“The Chairman’s resignation is to avoid a situation where the results of the 2016 census will be subjected to unnecessary controversies.
“And so, in a way, Chief Odimegwu’s resignation from the NPC has helped not only himself, but also the government in the larger interest of the nation.”