National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) Shettima Yerima, has said that it will be good for President Muhammadu Buhari to bow out in 2019 and support a younger candidate.
According to him, age and health have limited the performance of the president “and there is need for him to give up leadership for a younger person.”
Speaking in an interview with SaharaTV, the Arewa youth leader said the Buhari-led government had “failed woefully in terms of security and employment,” stressing that the country had been bleeding “while the president goes about attending parties.”
He said: “President Buhari has done his best. There’s a limit he can do at this age. He’s actually sick. To coordinate even his family activities at this age is challenging; so he needs to rest.
“To me personally, I think the best thing for him to do is bow out and hand-over to the younger generation.
“The situation is really sad and uncalled for. It is a challenging period for the nation, no doubt. Bloodletting everywhere, coupled with poverty and unemployment. If the government was up and doing, the situation would have changed.”
Continuing, he said: “From my observations, I think the killings in the nation are scripts people are working on to disunite Nigeria and they are trying to align it to a particular ethnic group or religion. Call them Fulani or whatever, a criminal is always a criminal and should be treated as one.
“If you look at it critically, the public don’t even have confidence in the system. They have no confidence to challenge the security agencies whenever they fail.
“To an extent, you don’t expect anything good to come out of this.”
On the controversy trailing the presence of the president at a recent wedding in Kano, Yerima said it was uncalled for.
“To me, there’s nothing wrong in attending a wedding, but it was a wrong time for him to go when the country is boiling. An injury to one is an injury to all. Why going for a wedding with 25 governors, while there was blood all over the country. I think it is uncalled for?”