Northern Elders Forum Concerned Over Dangote, Rabiu Rift

The cold war between prominent Northern businessmen Rabiu of BUA Company and Alhaji Aliko Dangote has raised concern among the Northern Elders Forum (NEF).
NEF also expressed worries over the rift between the former Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle and his successor, Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State, and called on the politicians to embrace peace.
The NEF’s convener, professor Ango Abdullahi, said in a statement that the development was having an impact on the political and economic stability of the region.
NEF asserts that Dangote and Abdussamad, two notable businessmen and esteemed Northern elders, ought to lead the way in modeling admirable behaviour for the good of the entire region.
“The current conflicts between Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isiyaku Rabiu over cement prices, as well as the conflict of interest between Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State and Defense Minister Bello Mohammed Matawalle, are exacerbating the challenges faced by the Northern region in terms of security and the economy.”
“In light of this, NEF calls on the leaders involved in the conflicts to exercise restraint in the interest of the region. We also call on all leaders and stakeholders in the North to intervene by facilitating a reconciliation meeting among all the parties. It is essential specifically, for the two leaders of Zamfara, Lawal and Matawalle to exercise restraint and maturity, and foster a spirit of unity and collaboration against the daunting insecurity in the state.
“The challenges faced by Zamfara require a collective effort, and it is only through working together that we can overcome them. Engaging in unnecessary conflicts and grandstanding only diverts attention from the real issues at hand and hinders progress in the search for collective and coordinated action.”
Ada Peter
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