The Arewa Youths Forum (AYF) has accused northern governors of colluding with some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make political gain in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vanguard reports that the group released a statement signed by its national president Comrade Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, the group alleged that President Buhari’s extended leave has accorded some northern politicians the opportunity to cash in at the extent of the region’s development.
They warned that if the politicians don’t desist, they would be shamed and rendered politically irrelevant.
Read the statement below:
“The umbrella organisation of all Northern Youths, Arewa Youth Forum, (AYF) is worried about the developing situation in the country as it concerns the polity and health of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari and its attendant consequences for social economic growth and development of the country.
“After an in-depth look at the prevailing circumstances, we deem it necessary to affirm that all is not well with the country and most especially the north as the region that holds the political reign of the country.
“President Muhammadu Buhari like any human being can be sick and looking at his age and the demand of superintending over a country like Nigeria, it is not surprising that his doctors have recommended further rest for the President to enable him to recuperate towards facing the task of taking the country to the next level.
“However what is worrisome is the attitude of the politicians especially those of Northern extraction towards the health of the President.
“Information available to us shows that instead of praying for the quick recovery of Mr. President and working to put the country in a better state ahead of his return to the country, many of them including some northern Governors are working to position themselves for personal political gains to the detriment of the ideology of Mr. President and the reason for which he was overwhelmingly elected by majority of Nigerians.
“It is now clear that many APC politicians do not mean well for the country and only supported the President for what they stand to gain. It is truly only the masses of this country that genuinely love and believe in the President and praying for his quick recovery.
“We are also worried and investigating information about some top northern politicians who are already collaborating and frolicking with top leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress from the South West in a new power alignment that might not be in the interest of the North just for selfish reasons.
“If they fail to desist from their nefarious act and work for the advancement of the north and Nigeria as a whole, we might be forced to name and ridicule them and expose their antics before the whole country and render them as political liabilities.
“We don’t want a repeat of the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua saga and its attendant negativity for the north and that is why we are calling on the Northern stakeholders to act in the interest of the region and the country as a whole.”