The national president, Arewa youth grand alliance (AYGA), Alhaji Idris Inuwa has said his group has nothing to do with the Arewa youth consultative forum (AYCF) led by one Yarima Shettima, its acclaimed president.
This denial, contained in a press statement released in Abuja, Tuesday also said the Arewa consultative forum president Yarima Shettima is only the body to discredit Arewa leaders which is totally unacceptable.
The group quoted an interview credited to the Sun Newspaper of Sunday 6th August, 2017 granted by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) President, Yarima Shettima as “wanton display of lack of respect for northern elders.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a purported interview granted by the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), by one Yarima Shattima and published in the Sunday Sun of August 6th, 2017.
“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 publication”.
According to the statement, “Mr. Yarima 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 issues 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 Yarima to come out and tell the world where his political constituency is in the North and what are his political values 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 that we are 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 Yarima to use the name of Arewa for devilish mission”.
Inuwa warned that Mr. Yarima and his sponsors should desist from reckless and unguarded utterances against leaders and elders who have sacrificed so much for our future adding, “any further attempt will leave us with no option than to bring out his dossier and make it public”.
Tom Okpe, Abuja