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Arewa Youth Grand Alliance Tackles AYCF President Over Comment on Buhari, Atiku, Others 

Arewa Youth Grand Alliance (AYGA) said her attention has been drawn to a purported interview granted by the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), one Yerima Shettima and published in a national daily from the south August 6th, 2017 and feel the statement credited to the president of AYCF was uncalled for. 

According to the reaction signed by the President of AYGA Alhaji Idris Inuwa “Ordinarily, the interview would not have deserved any attention, let alone reaction. But for wanton display of lack of respect for Northern elders and the prominence given to the absurdity called interview by the said newspaper.

“we are compelled to state that:Mr. Yerima is deceived by the euphoria that trailed their infamous “quit notice” given to Igbos in the North by 1st October, 2017, an action deliberately designed to destabilize the nation, thereby seeing himself as an emerging hero that could speak for the North. 

“However, the inconsistencies and vague choice of words in the said interview have clearly showed his ignorant of politics, where wisdom of elders and energy of the youth are pulled together to produce result. In other words, the elders and the youth must constantly collaborate because no one can do without the other.
“Equally glaring, is his lack of appreciation of the dynamics of the Northern region where both the elders and the youth collectively work together on any issue of National significance as determined by exigencies of time. This is not surprising, because this is a young man who is alien to the political tradition in the North, as he lived all his life in Lagos.

“We challenge Yerima to come out and tell the world where is his political constituency in the whole North? And what are his political value apart from being a manipulative political tool in the hands of Northern political rivals who constantly use him for his nuisance value.

“We wish to state here that we are very much aware of his sponsors to discredit two (2) of the North’s finest politicians of our time, President Muhammadu Buhari and Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to achieve their sinister political motives against 2019. As Northern youth and critical stakeholders in Nigeria, we will resist any attempt by the likes of Yerima to use the name of Arewa for devilish mission.

“Let us warn Mr. Yerima and his sponsors to desist from reckless and unguarded utterances against our leaders and elders who have sacrificed so much for our future. Any further attempt will leave us with no option than to bring our dossier and make it public. A word is enough for the wise” the group stressed. 

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