Arewa Youths for Peace and Security has described the different groups backing President Muhammadu Buhari for 2019 Presidency as, “sycophants.”
Speaking with Daily Post on Thursday, December 7, in Abuja, the youths said the decision to endorse Buhari for a second term was anti-democratic and should be dismissed.
The Director for Publicity of Arewa Youths for Peace and Security, Salihu Dantata Mahmoud, urged Buhari to provide a level playing field by ensuring that the All Progressives Congress, APC, conducts a primary election.
Dismissing the call for the endorsement of Buhari in 2019, Mahmoud said such action “doesn’t make democracy to strive.”
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According to him:
“Democracy gives room for a level playing ground, we don’t succumb to endorsement. We think endorsement is anti-democracy. You provide a level playing ground, that is why in every political party, there is room for primaries where you allow even the list candidate to participate.
“Recently, I got to know that some groups have been endorsing Baba Buhari; its too early. This is the same mistake we made in the past administrations that brought us to where we are today.
“Just like Tinubu said recently that the Buhari he knows will not succumb to the tactics of endorsement, I think it’s a game by sycophants, who are out for gains or to get some form of compensation.
“My fervent advice to Baba Buhari is to allow primaries to hold in the APC, endorsement doesn’t make democracy to strive. Mind you, we are in third world democracy which is still nascent, which only got stable in 1999 when Obasanjo took over.
“We should not abuse it; we saw what happened in Zimbabwe where President Mugabe that had history of fighting for the independence of the country in 1980 was shown the way out by his boys in the Military, though they slapped him with one hand and made him laugh with another hand by giving him immunity from prosecution.
“In Arewa Youths for Peace and Security, we don’t give room for endorsement, we are realist. We present the record the way they are and we believe that Buhari should not succumb to the antics of some sycophants.
“We go with the position of Tinubu that there should be primaries for all party members. In our own opinion, we are not disposed to the antics of endorsement.”
Recall that barely one week after the National Assembly gave consent to the request of youths in Nigeria for a lowering of the age limit to participate in elections into political offices in the country, the National President of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, Yerima Shettima asked politicians who are above 60 years of age to perish the idea of seeking elective offices in 2019.
According to Yerima, politicians above 60 years who have occupied political offices should give way for the younger ones since they have failed Nigerians.
“You have your yesterday and you failed your yesterday you cannot fail today again and you think of doing a great damage to our yet unborn children and you expect us to fold our hands.
“Now we are building for our own children too. So you cannot fail your yesterday and come and champion my today. It is impossible. This cannot happen again,” he said.