Most influential pressure groups in Nigeria – Pressure group are interest groups which work to secure certain interest by influencing public policy. They are not affiliated to any political party. Yet they are a powerful group who influence decisions that affect the society.
In Nigeria, there are hundreds of pressure groups who add their voice daily to public discourse and put pressure on government to advance their own interests. Many of them are unknown to common man on the streets of Nigeria, but some of them are household names. Here are the 7 most influential pressure groups in Nigeria. 1. Arewa
1.Consultative Forum (ACF)
The ACF is unarguably the most influential group in Northern Nigeria. The group was established protect the interest of Northern Nigeria and promote healthy co-existence that will sustain the environmental quality, livability, and economic vibrancy of the whole region. Even though the group prides itself as a pressure group that strengthens democracy and brings the North together, criticisms have always trailed their policies and stand. Many say the ACF only advances the interests of the core Hausa/Fulani states leaving behind the other Northern states who are do not have the Hausa/Fulani as their majority.
2. Ohanaeze Ndigbo
The group was created in 1976 to unify Igbos under a common umbrella body especially after the Nigerian Civil War. The group was planned to serve as a clearing house in matters affecting the interest and general welfare of the Igbos in Nigeria and the rest of the world. The group also has a youth and women wing. Although they have at different times veered of their mandate and gotten their own fair share of criticisms, the group is still generally seen and respected as the voice of the Igbos. The group has had the support and endorsement of prominent Igbo personalities like Dr Michael Okpara, Dr Pius Okigbo and Chief Kingsley Mbadiwe.