The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has warned against relocating some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, from Abuja to Lagos State.
AYCF warned that the relocation was a threat to the status of Abuja as the capital city and could have negative implications.
National President of AYCF, Yerima Shettima said the relocation would undermine national unity, cause economic setbacks, and regional imbalance.
In a statement he signed, Shettima pointed out that “Abuja was deliberately chosen as the capital to promote national unity and decentralise power. Any agenda that seeks to tamper with this arrangement will be fiercely resisted by AYCF and its supporters.
“The Northern elite must not be silent when the political and economic viability of Northern Nigeria is at stake and well-meaning Nigerians should speak out against this emerging arbitrariness.”
Shettima noted that AYCF members were “committed to its mission of promoting unity and development in Northern Nigeria and the nation as a whole and vows to continue advocating for the preservation of Abuja’s status as the capital city and to resist any attempts to undermine national unity.”