The Coalition of Arewa Forums in South-West on Wednesday in Ibadan called on President Bola Tinubu to urgently address the growing political tension in Kano State before it degenerates.
The Forums made the call during a public gathering they organised to discuss issues facing Nigeria, but they later addressed newsmen at the end of the gathering.
President of Arewa Women in South-West Nigeria, Hajia Aisha Ismail, said the political tension in Kano State, if not swiftly addressed, could have a negative impact on their people.
She said it was a development that could have reverberations in the South-West and Nigeria in general.
Ismail said that the north was already witnessing security challenges and the issue of politics should not be added to the problem on ground.
“We want peace in Kano State. We the Arewa in the South-West are scared because our parents are in Kano State and the state is currently boiling as a result of the sacking of Gov. Abba Yusuf of Kano State by the court.
“All we want is justice for Abba. We are not talking about party now, but what we are saying is that the status quo should be maintained.
“God is not wicked and He gives power to whom He wishes, He has given it to Abba and we should let it be.
“Please, I am pleading as an indigene of Kano State, that we want peace to reign in Kano State because the state is the commercial centre of the north and Nigeria as a whole,” she said.
Ismail said it was because there was peace in the South-West that they are able to reside in the region.
”Arewa people will find it difficult to go home if anything negative happens in Kano State.”
Also speaking, a member of the coalition from Lagos State, Ahmad Sulaiman, said while he voted for President Tinubu in Lagos State the people of Kano State voted for Abba Yusuf.
Sulaiman said the coalition wants peace in Kano State and would not want political tension in the state so as not to negatively affect other regions in Nigeria.
“We are urging the President to do something about the situation in Kano for the state and other parts of Nigeria to continue to witness peace,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Court of Appeal had on Nov. 17 upheld the decision of the elections petition tribunal.
The court had sacked Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and declared Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election.
NAN reports that there has been high political tension in the state since the judgment of the Court of Appeal.