The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has dissociated itself from a statement attributed to its secretary-general, Anthony Sani, reportedly describing a former President Olusegun Obasanjo as lacking in vision.
Sani was said to have taken a swipe at the former president while speaking with newsmen recently.
But in a counterstatement Sunday, ACF, through its national publicity secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said it is not in its character to attack elder statesmen.
The forum said attacking the views of an elder statesman of Chief Obasanjo’s status on national issues in such an uncomplimentary manner is uncalled for.
“Chief Obasanjo as an elder statesman is entitled to his opinion on all issues including democracy, as he had previously endorsed presidential candidates.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all ACF official statements on any matter comes through and from the National Publicity Secretary only,” the ACF said.
Obasanjo has been a fierce critic of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, calling on Nigerians to vote him out in 2019 because he has ‘failed’.
The former president last week threw his weight behind his firmer deputy, Atiku Abubakar, saying he (Atiku) was better equipped for the job than the incumbent president.