….names Bala Mohammed, Saraki, Atiku others as possible replacement
By Ayo Fadimu
A group in the northern part of the country, the Northern Youth Leader Forum (NYLF) has warned all southerners having presidential ambition to drop it because no southerner will become president in 2019 just as it vowed that the north will retain power in 2019 and will not allow presidency to move to the south no matter what.
The group in a statement signed by Comrade Elliot Afiyo claimed it shortlisted and screened twelve presidential aspirants during its NEC meeting in Kano on the 16th of April 2017. Those alleged to have been screened include: Senator Bukola Saraki, Alh Sule Lamido, Alh Atiku Abubakar, Gov. Nasir El-rufai , Senator Bala Mohammed, Alh Tanimu Turaki (SAN),Senator Musa Rabiu Kwakwoso, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo,Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff, Gov. Ibrahim Shettina, Gov. Yari ,Gov. Aminu Tambwwal .
“Out of these twelve persons screened by our Political Committee, the following were thereafter shortlisted and endorsed by the NEC during our meeting in Kaduna on the 17th of May, 2017. These include Senator Bala Mohammed, Alh. Atiku Abubakar, Alh. Tanimu Turaki (SAN), Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo. We sent the endorsed persons to our Patrons and the Leaderships of the forty – two (42) affiliated Organizations who screened and endorsed only two candidates who were considered during our meeting on June, 2017 in Kano. Out of the two that were endorsed that is Senator Bala Mohammed and Alh, Atku Abubakar, Senator Bala Mohammed was finally endorsed and was also accepted by our Patrons. We believe and strongly too, that Senator Bala Mohammed is a detribalized Nigerian who does not attach sentiments of religion and ethnicity in his dealings with any citizen” the group said
“We want to send a message to all Political Parties that may field Southern Presidential Candidates in 2019, that there actions are as good as committing political suicide. Our Elders are also advised to stay clear from supporting any Presidential Candidate from the South in 2019 as we cannot afford to gamble with the Presidency as we did in 2011. This is our stand point and no going back”
The group also condemned the quit notice to Igbo by Coalition of Northern Youth and described it as ill advised, ill timed and uncalled for.
“We strongly believe that these groups of Northern Youth were motivated, encouraged and sponsored by some few individuals who felt cheated by both the Federal Government and some states Government control by the All Progressive Congress (APC). These individuals were used and dumped. No recognition or appreciation was extended to them. They are therefore bent on destabilizing the country. Another reason that also prompted the Northern Youth to accept this offer is the fact that our Igbo brothers for some years now, have been frustrating, insulting and abusing other Nationalities especially the Northerners calling us Cows and Parasites despite our efforts in accommodating them. However, we condemn in strongest term the approach of our brothers in issuing an ultimatum to them. No nation or ethnic nationality will survive on its own without the support and help of another”
“We hereby appealed to the Federal Government and the Inspector –General of Police to withdraw the directive to arrest the signatories of the Kaduna declaration. The group said the decision will boomerang as it will only precipitate the crisis beyond control.
“We believe that our brothers in the South have said more than what our brothers said and they were not arrested. There is therefore, no justification for their arrest. We call on the Federal Government through the Office of the Acting President, to convene a meeting with some genuine Northern Youth Leaders and their counterparts from the South if and only if these crises are to be resolved”