Northern youths have commended former president Olusegun Obasanjo for his letter asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest in 2019. In an interview with Vanguard in Kaduna, the president of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said what the former president said is what they had seen long ago and had been drawing the president’s attention to. His words: “Obasanjo is saying what people like us saw from inception. We saw it coming earlier than now. We felt patriotism does not mean if government favours you, you cannot be objective. Being objective means even if it is your father that is doing something strong, you should summon courage to say it is right or wrong.
“To me, I strongly believe that the only way you can show you love Buhari is to tell him the simple truth, which we did long before now but when we advised him how to do better than the previous governments, we were tagged Buhari’s enemy by his blind followers who felt whatever he does is right.
“It is not done that way because, government is like a barrack. Anybody can be there. This is democracy. It is about the people. Your primary responsibility has to be the welfare of the people. Anything short of that is a total failure. You cannot torture people in the name of governance.”
Similarly, the president of Arewa Youths Forum, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, said Obasanjo spoke the minds of dispassionate Nigerians, urging President Buhari to heed the call. He accused the president of prosecuting a lopsided war against corruption, adding that the president cannot claim to be fighting corruption when his ‘cabals’ were allegedly enmeshed in the act. “Two weeks ago, we issued a statement warning him (Buhari) not to contest the 2019 general election because he is yet to fulfill his 2015 election campaign promises. We are also not in support of how he is fighting corruption in the country. Imagine what is going even within the so-called ‘cabals’ where issues bothering on corruption are dangling over their heads. “We are in line with what former President Obasanjo said. He ( Buhari) should give way since he cannot fix the country and allow others with the capacity to do so come in board. Let him go home and rest in 2019,” he said.