The pan-northern socio-political organization, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has called for restraint over recent exchange of correspondences between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
ACF National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, who made the group’s position known in Kaduna, said that Nigerians must be careful in the way they interpret the letters.
“I have read both former president Obasanjo’s letter and the reply by President Jonathan, and I wish to say that in as much as I would prefer that such exchanges between former and sitting presidents be confidential in view of their places in the order of things in Nigeria, I would say the genie is out of the bottle. In which case, the reply is in order in the spirit of fair hearing.
“What remains now is for Nigerians to be dispassionate in their discussion of the correspondences with a sense of decorum and patriotism with a view to passing informed and fair judgment in the larger interest of Nigeria.
“Perhaps, if the presidency had gotten used to explaining issues of national importance raised by concerned citizens and public spirited organizations, such approach would go a long way towards promoting our democracy and good governance”, the ACF scribe said.