The Arewa Youth Integrity Forum (AYIF) has warned against painting the northern part of the country as politically domineering, saying it is an attempt to cause disaffection and a disregard to the constitution.
In a statement on Thursday signed by the National President of the forum, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar said, those behind this plot went to town with the claim that the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari is acting as president while Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai functions as vice president.
“All Nigerians, the right thinking ones, are aware that President Muhammadu Buhari is President and Commander- in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria with Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Vice President.
“In a record making move, President Muhammadu Buhari properly notified the National Assembly of his ten-day medical leave and Professor Osinbajo’s status as acting President in that time span.”
Abubakar said, it is sad that this kind of wicked rumour is making the rounds at a time when Nigerians, especially from within his party, should support Mr President with prayers.
“We have it on good authority that those behind the rumour are political terrorists that are highly placed persons in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who want to plunge the country into crisis in pursuit of their personal agenda.
“It is appalling that people can advertise their ignorance on an unprecedented scale by claiming Mrs Buhari is the one acting as President. The only logical explanation other than crass ignorance is that this claim is being made out of malice and mischief,” he stated.
The forum thereby warn these characters from disparaging Mrs Aisha Buhari or members of her family.
“This latest allegation is the latest in a series of smear campaign that has consistently sought to undermine her family life. It however went beyond bounds this time around by trying to precipitate a national crisis by attempting to play on the minds of Nigerians by conjuring a past era that has no similarity with our current scenario.
“They must also allow Mallam el-Rufai to concentrate on repositioning Kaduna state in line with the mandate the people of the state gave him. Dragging him into this campaign of mischief will not give it any additional traction since he is too much of a gentleman to breach the laws of the land on the scale conjured up by the fevered imagination of these political terrorists.”
The forum however challenged anyone who thinks they have tangible evidence against the wife of the President to boldly step into the public space and openly present same with verifiable identity instead of contriving and circulating falsehood through obscure platforms.