22nd July, 2018
The chances of President Buhari and his party APC winning the 2019 Presidential Elections in Nigeria is getting slimmer by the day as they were dealt a massive blow by an otherwise hitherto strong pillar for such a cause – The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum.
The Forum has took a swipe at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it no way represents the Northern part of the country. It added that the President represents only “a cabal of evil doers”. In the statement issued at a Press Conference in Kaduna, the Forum asked Nigerians, irrespective or religion or ethnicity, to as a matter of national importance to come together to vote out the Buhari administration in 2019.
Yerima Shettima, the President of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum was speaking in response to the statement credited the Presidency, condemning the characterization of the administration by a coalition of different socio-political organisations across the country as incompetent.
It will be recalled that the Nothern Elders Forum,Afenifere, Ohanaeze and PANDEF, in a recent summit, had described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as incompetent.
In a quick response to this, a presidential aide, Garba Shehu, described the communique as “issued by some ethnic and sectional groups assembled in Abuja recently as the shedding of crocodile tears by selfish leaders, who felt alienated after a transparent and accountable system halted their disproportionate survival on resources of the state.”
In a reaction to the statement from the Presidential Aide, Yerima Shettima described the statement from the Presidency was “intemperate and highly immature”. “It is sad that instead of facing the honest assessment of the killing fields Nigeria has become under this government by elders and leaders who have nothing at stake but the best interest of Nigeria, the Presidency resorted to crude attacks and motor-park insults,”
He went to add; “To say that elders who have no material needs in their very old years are shedding “crocodile tears” because a government that has been rated the most corrupt in this history has blocked their access to public funds is laughable as a ridiculous claim but sad because it reflects how petty and shallow the minds of those in charge of our affairs are”.
“The response has confirmed the take of the leaders that Nigeria needs a dynamic and visionary leadership to take over from the current incompetent,insensitive and visionless bunch running the country to the edge of the precipice”.