A coalition of civil society and pro-democracy groups under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians began a peaceful protest in
Abuja on Monday, August 7, demanding that the ailing President resumes or resigns from office after a prolonged medical vacation in London.
But northern youths under the aegis of the Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) have alleged that some officials of the presidency, northern governors and south west politicians were behind the protest.
In a statement issued by the AYF National President, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu in Kaduna, the group warned the protest sponsors to immediately call their ‘attack dogs’ to order or face being exposed.
The Arewa youths alleged that some northern politicians were busy positioning themselves for the position of the Vice President rather than putting heads together to fight for the interest of the region. The statement reads:
“Let it be known that we are not unmindful of what is happening in Nigeria. We know those that are behind the protest against the President, as a group we are giving them 7 days to call their attack dogs to order or we will have no option than to expose them.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are aware that some southwest politicians are behind the plot, they are colluding with some northern governors and some elements of the presidency who do not wish the country and President Muhammadu Buhari well. But their time is ticking.
“The funny thing about these northern governors is that many of them won their elections on the back of President Buhari, we wonder why they are now interested in themselves and very ready to sell the man who is their benefactor for a plate of porridge.
“It is the same situation that happened during the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua that wants to repeat itself. But instead of fighting for the region, these governors are busy holding nocturnal meetings and negotiating for the position of Vice president, but we will soon expose them.
“A Governor from the south west, Ayodele Fayose is being used for their crusade against the President, but our northern governors are only murmuring in their chambers afraid to confront him. But let it be known that as people committed to the emancipation of the north and the unity and development of the country as a whole, we cannot be cowed into silence by anybody.
“We know that it is the fundamental right of every Nigerian to protest, but protests must have a human face. We believe that President Buhari has done the right thing by handing over power to the acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who has been discharging his duties without hindrance.
“Those behind the scenes beating the drums of political discord should watch their steps. We are unto them.”