Arewa youth groups divided over Buhari, Atiku’s 2019 presidential ambitions

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) and the Arewa Youth Grand Alliance (AYGA) may have divergent views over the purported 2019 presidential ambitions of incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

The AYCF led by Yerima Shettima, had in an interview, asked the two politicians and some other Northern political leaders above 60 years of age to perish the thought of seeking elective offices in 2019.

He said, “You had your yesterday and you failed your yesterday, you cannot fail today again and you think of doing a great damage to our yet unborn children and you expect us to fold our arms.

“Now, we are building for our own children too. So, you cannot fail your yesterday and come and champion my today. It is impossible. This cannot happen again,” he had said.

However, the Idris Inuwa-led AYGA said Shettima only showed disrespect for Northern elders with that statement.

He said, “Mr Yerima is deceived by the euphoria that trailed his and other groups infamous ‘quit notice’ given to Igbo in the North by October 1, 2017, an action deliberately designed to destabilize the nation, thereby seeing himself as an emerging hero that could speak for the North.

“The inconsistencies and vague choice of words in the said interview have clearly shown his ignorance of politics, where wisdom of elders and energy of the youth are pulled together to produce results. In other words, the elders and the youth must constantly collaborate because no one can do without the other.”

The AYGA, therefore, challenged Yerima to “come out and tell the world his political constituency in the whole North. And what are his political values apart from being a manipulative political tool in the hands of Northern political rivals, who constantly use him for his nuisance value.

“We wish to state here that we are very much aware of his sponsors to discredit two of the North’s finest politicians of our time, President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to achieve their sinister political motives against 2019.

“As Northern youth and critical stakeholders in Nigeria, we will resist any attempt by the likes of Yerima to use the name of Arewa for devilish mission.

“Let us warn Mr Yerima and his sponsors to desist from reckless and unguarded utterances against our leaders and elders who have sacrificed so much for our future.

“Any further attempt will leave us with no option than to bring out his dossiers and make them public. A word is enough for the wise.”

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