The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has cautioned “a certain South-west political leader” and “his collaborators in the All Progressives Congress (APC) – led Federal Government” to steer clear of Senate President Bukola Saraki and jettison “the new plot to unleash Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies in order to intimidate the man.”
This warning was contained in the text of Press Conference presented to newsmen in Lagos by AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima in which he accused the Lagos-based political leader of the Southwest and “some of his cronies in the corridors of power of planning to embarrass Senate President Bukola Saraki using the government’s anti-corruption agencies on politically-motivated charges”.
He noted that, “much as the AYCF supports the war against corruption, we will resist any subtle attempt to hide behind politics to intimidate our sons in positions of authority”.
Alhaji Yerima also declared that the North has come of age and no one single Nigerian should determine the fate of prominent Northerners in government, “because we are not robots”. He charged the unnamed South-west political leader and his associates to start whatever change process they want from their base as “charity begins at home”.
He also stated that, “through the total dominance and manipulation of political and economic power, the South-west has badly short changed the North, making it’s people irrelevant in the running of government for more than four years”.
Alhaji Yerima then declared: “There is no way after cornering all the juicy Federal Government appointments and skewing development projects in favour of the South-west anyone will dare approach the North with the issue of seeking for Presidency in 2023. That will be totally unacceptable”.
The group, he said, would “use all legitimate avenues for resisting the manipulations of one man whose primary goal in life is the 2023 Presidency and we’re assuring him that even that would be a waste of resources on what is no longer possible because the country belongs to all of us”.
The group also noted that the era of any politician calling the shots in other people’s territory is long gone, adding that “we’re not in a Banana Republic and the world has moved on from the era of political impunity”.
The AYCF also told the said South-west political leader to “bear in mind that Senate President Saraki is our illustrious son in the North and we’re proud that he didn’t turn his back on the people who voted him into power”.
The group then concluded thus: “This is our open, democratic declaration of caution, not just for meddlesome politician of the South-west but any politician outside the North who may want to dare us politically”.
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