Just in: Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) Blasts Obasanjo, Others Over Comments On 2023 Presidential Election
The Yerima Shettima-led Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has come down hard on former President Olusegun Obasanjo following his call for the cancellation of the 2023 presidential election.
Obasanjo, in a letter to President Buhari on Monday evening, warned that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was trying to throw the country into chaos with the way it was handling the declaration of results.
In response early Tuesday, the AYCF, in a statement personally signed by Shettima, said it was disappointed at the former president, describing as a Nigerian elder who does not have the moral standing to even advise the nation owing to his antecedents.
It accused Obasanjo, the ‘letter writer’ of trying to instigate violence saying the former president’s position did not show him as a statesman and should be disregarded. AYCF also advised him to learn from other former presidents who have remained true statesmen.
READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
Our attention has been drawn to a viral news in which otherwise elderstatesmen are working hand-in-hand with politicians who are afraid of defeat in the 2023 elections to overheat the polity and eventually destabilize this nation.
We are appalled by the level of incendiary comments, designed to deliberately ignite violence in the name of promoting free and fair elections.
Consequent upon this emerging threat, we wish to state for the records that:-
- We have had enough of mindless killings in defence of personal interest of grabbing power by any politician through the back door. We don’t support any resort to sponsored violence and arson in this country, just because some politicians are trying to mislead our youth to assume their personal political interest amounts national interest.
- We wish to implore Nigerian youths never to allow themselves to be used as cannon-fodder for unpatriotic elements, who are masquerading as democrats.
- We are watching very closely, the activities of agent provocateurs, operating from the shadows, with the sole aim of creating regional and religious sentimentalism, meant to lead to massive killings of innocent souls in the name of politics. Let anyone not be deceived by their strategy against national unity and cohesion, the two important pillars of peace and brotherhood in today’s Nigeria.
- We were taken aback by the so-called letter of former President Obasanjo, making provocative statements, in his usual manner of pretending to be addressing our current challenges in the 2023 elections. It is worrisome that the former President is often the only one taking dangerous, narrow-minded stance on any political situation in Nigeria. We have had his contemporaries like General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdussalam Abubakar — who is now one of the most outstanding, exemplary promoters of national peace and stability. We should not forget that apart from the historic move to keep Nigeria one, when the nation was on cliff-hanger, General Yakubu Gowon will forever be remembered as the champion of national prayers for peace and stability.
Another elderstatesman of respectable standing is former President Goodluck Jonathan, the youngest of them all, who has maintained his respect by not being openly partisan.
- Many Nigerians would have by now been disappointed by former President Obasanjo’s decidedly partisan activities. From his Third Term Agenda that we Nigerians all fought against, to a long list of “Letters” that have lacked the power to positively change anything, the man is slowly losing his elderstatesman status. He is on record to identify with a candidate for national election and offered to be the prime mover of what has now become a destabilizing political aspiration of his proxy in the 2023 elections. This unstatesmanly imposition is unfortunate.
- We call on all Nigerians of good conscience to intervene in the concerted efforts to promote national peace and stability, especially in this cooling-off period of general elections. We cannot afford to compromise on the ligaments binding us together in brotherhood and nationhood after 60 years of independence.
The current democracy would not have been possible without the massive contribution of the youth and we will not fold our arms and watch selfish interests deployed in using the same youth to truncate democracy and destroy the flowering of our National ethos.
We therefore warn again,that Nigeria is not a Banana Republic. Signed