ACF postpones 20th anniversary over Corona-Virus, Kaduna killings

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The apex Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has postponed its 20th anniversary celebration slated for next week, giving the recent Kaduna killings and the spreading Coronavirus as reasons.

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The anniversary celebration earlier slated for Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th March, 2020, in Kaduna, was expected to have President Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon and President, United Nations General Assembly, Amb Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande, as Special Guest of Honour, Chairman of the Occasion and Guest Speaker, respectively.

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Chairman, ACF Anniversary Organizing Committee and former Sokoto State Governor, Sen Aliyu M. Wamakko said it would be insensitive at this time to go ahead with the celebration in the face of the recent killings and the threatening Coronavirus.

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A new date for the anniversary celebration would be communicated to all in due course. Wamakko, said: “The Leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum  regrets to inform the general public and most importantly our esteemed Special Guests the postponement of the events of its 20th Anniversary Celebrations scheduled to take place on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th March, 2020, in Kaduna.

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“The decision to postpone the celebration was taken in view of our concern to the spate of killings by the renewed bandit and terrorist attacks in the North, particularly the recent one in Kaduna where the event was scheduled to take place. Furthermore, the corona virus threat which is a global concern cannot be ignored.

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“In view of the above, the leadership of ACF after due consultations with major stakeholders and members of the Forum felt that it would be insensitive at this material time to go ahead with the programs.

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“ACF, therefore, regrets all inconveniences this painful postponement would cause our special guests.”

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