Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has given the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other ethnic nationality groups in the country knocks over what he described as their divisive tendencies.
Yuguda accused the regional socio-cultural and political interest groups of stoking the flames of disunity among the Nigerian people with their inflammatory statements about the polity and the nation’s leaders.
Yuguda, a former Aviation minister was particularly piqued by the apparently combative posture of the groups regarding the upcoming National Conference and their parochial views on the Presidency in the build up to the 2015 general elections.
The governor, who spoke with journalists in Bauchi at the weekend, cautioned the groups against preparing the grounds for political violence that could arise from their unguarded utterances.
He said, “Some of these people who are old men of about 90 years appear to have lost focus. They are busy abusing one another and abusing leaders from different sections of the country.
“Most of them were privileged individuals during their prime, but they have now turned around sowing divisions among the various groups in the country. It is high time they stopped instigating the peace loving people of the country against one another”.
The governor enjoined the youth population to shun the divisive tendencies of the groups, challenging them to work towards bridging the gaping developmental gap in all facets of the economy.
The youths, he said, must strive hard to harness the nation’s abundant human and material resources and to forge unity among the diverse groups for the advancement of the country.
Yuguda also blamed what he termed the mercantile approach to power by some members of the political class, saying their actions were the root cause of some of the woes confronting the country.
According to him, “these politicians are busy competing for power just for the oil money. They see politics as an enterprise, with the sole purpose of making profit.
“Instead of focusing on how best to serve their people and develop the economy, they see political power as a means of making money for their children, their grandchildren and their generation unborn.
“It is high time they changed their perception if we want our country to grow and the media have a vital role to play in this self-discovery campaign”.