By Akinwale Kasali

The Arewa Community is Lagos State are calling for the sack of the State Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructural Development, Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi for fueling the leadership crisis rocking the Group.

Abdullahi is the only Hausa in the Executive Council of the administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo Olu, but his people (Arewa Community) are calling for his immediate sack, accusing him of intolerance, selfishness, greed, arrogance and failure to promote and protect interest of his kinsmen.

During the week, the Arewa Community which has has polarized saw a faction controlled by the Saadu  Yusuf Dandare, the Executive Chairman, Arewa Community, Lagos staged two different protest at the State House of Assembly for the removal of Abdullahi, while another faction loyal to Abdullahi pledged their support for the commissioner.

The protest at the State House of Assembly, was as a result of  demand by  lawmakers, asking  the House to pass a vote of no confidence on the commissioner and withdraw his confirmation after he failed to honour their invites.

The lawmakers were members of the committee probing activities of the commissioner and his ministry.

On protesters calling for the sack of the commissioner, they lamented the failure of Abdullahi to carry the group along despite ‘parading’ himself as the chairman of Arewa Community  in All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos State chapter for 15 years.

They urged the speaker of the House to remove the commissioner and replace him with another “Arewa person who can harmonise Arewa and carry everyone along.”

However, another faction who were loyal to the commissioner, accused the people calling for the sack of the commissioner of being member Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and traitors.

The Secretary of Arewa community, Kudu Abubakar in an interview, said the leadership crisis rocking the association was caused by  the commissioner due to his alleged leadership failure.

He alleged that attitude of the commissioner towards the members of the community, was what caused the agitation for his sack.

Abubakar said none of the people calling for  the commissioner's sack  belong to PDP but are members of APC.

In a Statement issued by the Arewa Community through its Secretary, Kudu, it said that, “It is worthy of note that, we the Arewa Community in Lagos has and have been contributing largely to our greet party since AD to date, in which all the major markets controlled by the Arewa people usually contribute funds to organize major rallies for all past governors. But Kabiru has never organize one personally without resorting for financial support from the party.

“Ironically for the past twenty one years that Kabiru has been holding public office, he has never done any empowerment not even once nor gave scholarship to our students. The Arewa Community are fed up with recycling only one man being representing us for over twenty years.

“For the past twenty years Kabiru has engage in character assassination by written petitions against the Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos, the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos, the Sarkin Agege alleging that they are the once who killed his brother, this is a lie from the pit of hell.   

“Asiwajus election is critical to us and is his turn to be president of Nigeria come 2023, therefore all hands must be on deck because it is payback time, hence Asiwaju need total and overwhelming victory in 2023 Insha-Allah.

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”.

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