Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Executives

The Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Anthony Sani, has said that any attempt to dialogue with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, will translate to rewarding bad behaviour with recognition.

Sani warned against any move to hold talks with Kanu or his camp, saying such would bring about dire consequences.

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“While I agree that dialogue is preferred to an altercation in a democracy which is a contest of ideas and reasons, your position is a matter of judgment,” Sani told Punch.

“Those who encourage dialogue in the case of IPOB ignore the dire consequences of rewarding bad behaviour with recognition and a form of concession. We must discourage threats and intimidation in a democracy which is a contest of ideas and reasons.”

Sani also restated the position of ACF that the quit notice issued by the Arewa youth in the north cannot be compared with Kanu’s “threat to Nigeria’s unity”.

He said the notice was due to the youth’s “frustration arising from the activities of IPOB – more so now that they have been persuaded to withdraw the notice to quit; which they have withdrawn.

“The impression is that the two offences do not have the same weight nor can it be treated the same way,” he added.