SEE WHAT NORTHERN YOUTHS PLANS TO DO – AS ALTERNATIVE TO REPLACE BUHARI COME 2019

…We’ll name our preferred choices soon — AYCF
Peeved by the seeming drift in the nation’s
economy and politics, Northern youths under
different groups have commenced frantic search for
a possible Northern presidential material to back in
the 2019 presidential election. The Northern groups
including the Arewa Youth Forum, AYF and the
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF are being
backed by some northern egg heads among whom
is Dr. Junaid Mohammed.

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The AYCF Saturday
Vanguard learnt is bidding till after the May 29,
2017 second anniversary of the Buhari
administration to name its shortlist of potential
candidates to succeed Buhari.
The bid of the Northern groups is irrespective of a
declaration of intent by President Muhammadu
Buhari whose first term has been dogged by ill-
health and a recession, whose fundamentals,
administration officials, claim were inherited from
the preceding administration.

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Buhari had upon his
return from a 50 day medical vacation last month
confessed to the fact of his ill-health saying, ‘I have
never been this sick in my life.’ But for his absence
in last Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal
Executive Council, FEC meeting, insinuations of his
ill-health were beginning to go away. The president,
however, bounced back yesterday when he appeared
in public for the Jumat prayers in the Presidential
Villa.

Asserting the hesitance of the AYF to give
President Buhari a full backing in 2019, the
president of the group, Alhaji Ibrahim Gujungu, told
journalist: “We have not yet decided on whether it is
going to be Buhari or not but we have to continue to
support the aspiration of the North to produce the
next President of Nigeria so as to balance the loss
of power to the South under the Presidency of
President Jonathan following the sudden demise of
Yar’Adua. “I can assure you that even though we
don’t have any particular candidate in mind as at
now, we will intensify the search for a northern
leader who will empower the north and revive all the
moribund industries there to create jobs for the
teeming masses who are now roaming the streets
either as IDPs or out-of-school children.

“We are
currently searching for the candidate of our choice
and if Buhari decides to run, we will present him
with our blueprint to implement but if he rejects it,
we will look for another credible Northern candidate
to meet our political demands,” Gujungu said. He,
however, held out a prospect of backing Buhari, but
only if the incumbent accepts a blueprint for the
development of the North as prepared by the group.

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Speaking in the same vein, the national president of
the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, Alhaji
Shettima Usman Yerima, said the group was looking
for an alternative upon the failures of the incumbent
administration. “We are disappointed. Nigerians are
disappointed. Sincerely speaking, this Buhari
administration is a failure. It is a failure because
this is not what Nigerians expected when they were
giving him the mandate in 2015.”

The northern
youth leader also disclosed that there are plans to
look for an alternative presidential candidate from
the North East to represent the region in the 2019
presidential elections. He said: “I think we are
going to bring a new alternative in 2019. We have
to bring a new order to the country because we
cannot afford to have a president who is not in
charge of affairs in the country.

This is coupled with
the facts that some of us look at his age and come
up with the reservation that it is not a good idea to
have a man of his age to be leading a country like
Nigeria with population of about 200 million
people. People thought we were undermining him at
that time but we said no because somebody of
Buhari’s age would find it difficult managing his
personal affairs talk less of affairs of a huge
country like ours.” He said:

“We have nothing
against President Buhari personally but we believe
somebody of his age should manage less burden.
“When you look at global events, the way things are
turning around universally, you will agree with me
that we need at the saddle, somebody who is in
tune with global reality. We need somebody that
would be agile and knowledgeable enough to move
round the world with his counterparts across the
globe. For now in Nigeria, that is not the case.

And
I don’t think we are making any headway in that
direction. “The worst thing is that, for government
to look for capable hands that can turn around
things positively, it ended up picking some
individuals that have been out of circulation over a
very long time but who the government is
comfortable with. Now, you can see the confusion
everywhere.

The reality is not all about Buhari as a
person. The reality is about nature that is taking a
full course on him coupled with the situation of his
health that nobody knows. While he declined to
disclose names of prospective northern candidates
likely to be presented by the region, he said, “for
now, we are going round making consultations but it
will be too early for me to mention names but we
may give a picture of some possible names after
May 29, 2017. “What we are doing now is to make
consultations across board, we are also reaching
out to other ethnic nationalities and personalities.
Regarding the likely candidates, it will be too early
for me to speak now because I do not have the
mandate to mention their names.

But I can assure
you that after May 29, when they have told
Nigerians what they have achieved, though we know
they have not done much, then, we will declare the
names.” He said the group is looking towards the
Northeast in presenting an alternative. On the
factors to be considered in the said alternative to
Buhari, Yerima said “We are going to consider the
vibrancy of the person and his intellectual capacity.
We are going to look into his age and a lot of other
things to be sure that whoever comes up in 2019
will not be part of the old establishment.”

Meanwhile, Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid
Mohammed, has asked Buhari to perish the thought
of going for a second term because of being unable
to deal with Nigeria’s rising challenges and for
allowing his government to be hijacked by a cabal
working against the overall interest of Nigeria and
its people. Mohammed, accused Buhari of allowing
selfish elements to be in charge of his government,
thereby cutting him off from his political party and
Nigerians who elected him. The politicians said,
“The cabal under Buhari has virtually taken over the
affairs of the country from him and he cannot
counterbalance them, a situation that is very
dangerous for the Nigerian people and their future.

“As it has emerged, Buhari cannot take firm
decisions against the cabal running his government
and working for their selfish interest. In the end, the
President is always trying to pacify the cabal to the
detriment of Nigeria and it is very sad. According to
him, none of the names so far mentioned as
possible Buhari’s successors can withstand the
challenges of Nigeria given the fact that Nigeria’s
challenges are going to be more difficult to handle
after the exit of this administration. “This country
therefore needs a competent leader bereft of
religious, tribal and health challenges to manage its
affairs,” he said. However, it will be difficult to
undermine the achievements of the Buhari
administration in fighting corruption and insurgency.

And Buhari has repeatedly assured that he would
leave Nigeria better than he met it.

Courtesy: TNR

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