AYCF to Tinubu: Don’t disparage our leaders

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has sounded a note of warning to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against “disparaging” the region’s leaders, especially Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Rising from an emergency meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday night, April 24, the group took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, in a statement signed by its national president, Alhaji Yerima Shettima.

The group said Tinubu and the southwest should be grateful for taking all sorts of advantage in the Buhari government, “especially juicy appointments for his cronies from the southwest and skewing the bulk of lucrative Federal Government projects to his southwest region.”

“Let Chief Bola Tinubu bear in mind that gone are the days when any southwest politician would take northerners for granted. It is unacceptable that Tinubu will publicly insult illustrious sons of the north like Senate President and Speaker of the National Assembly because we are proud of both of them,” the statement noted.

The youth group then declared: “Someone should tell Chief Tinubu that he can not foist his political calculations on northerners because 2023 will still be the north’s chance to heal the wounds inflicted on the north by Tinubu and his associates through the back door, using the present administration.

“We in the north are not boys scout to be pushed around by Tinubu for the sake of a 2023 agenda that is already dead on arrival because power will still remain in the north. This not a hereditary democracy and no one has the power to lord it over anyone.”

The AYCF, in the statement revealed that its stakeholders meeting, which formed part of its emergency meeting in Kaduna, “was borne out the desire to caution self-righteous politicians like Tinubu to end the culture of disparaging respected political leaders from other region’s and undue meddlesomeness in the democratic system.”

Similarly, a northern youth group, Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), on Sunday, April 21, accused the Tinubu of turning himself into a dictator within the party.

In a statement sent to journalists, AYF said the move by Tinubu to impose his lackeys on the members of the National Assembly is anti-democratic and against the interest of the north as a whole.

The statement was jointly signed by the national president of the forum, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu and its national director, public affairs, Bello Abdulhamid.

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