The leadership of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum AYCF has stressed that no individual above the age of 50 seeking the presidency in 2023 will be voted for.
Alhaji Yerima Shettima, President of the northern group made the assertion while speaking to journalists over the weekend in Kaduna.
Shettima regretted that the old generation had succeeded in balkanizing and causing more divisions among the present generation. According to him,” it is either you are caught in an issue of religion or tribe and over and over, this has continued.”
“It is sad and unfortunate today that this country is where it is today despite the fact that some of us are willing to cope with the situation and move it forward no matter what.
“What they succeeded in doing is to balkanize and cause more divisions among us the present generation. It is either you are caught in an issue of religion or tribe and over and over, this has continued.”
“What we are doing now as youths of this country is to form synergy, build capacity before the next elections to ensure that never again will we allow anyone that is not our contemporary to occupy any political space, we won’t do that and that is what we are doing now.
“The youths are set for 2023. Recent happenings in the country have shown that we have the capacity and that is a clear demonstration of ENDSARS, it happens just within a small place and if you could see how it exposed a lot of weakness on the part of the federal government, we don’t intend to go through that process of ENDSARS where there were casualties of lives and properties. No, we are going to be very objective, we will demand through a political process, through the ballot paper, through our voter’s Cards, we will mobilize our generation, never again will we put somebody at the helm of affairs that is above 50 years,” he said.
On the current state of insecurity in the country, Shettima said changing the service chiefs alone was not the solution to the problem, but getting to the root of the problem and solving it.
“There is a need to overhaul the entire security network in the country. It has to be a thing of side by side with the communities so that together we can have confidence on the security agents because it requires a lot to build that confidence.
“Over time, that confidence has been abused by the various sectors of the security, it requires inclusiveness of the members of the society side by side with the security agents so that we can do it through intelligence gathering because we are faced with issues of kidnapping, Boko Haram, banditry and other social vices in the country.
“So it is not a natural conventional approach that we always see, this one is a different methodology and so to that extent, the government must be seen to provide all the necessary equipment for the security to be able to succeed, that is, to counter what their enemies are carrying,” he said.