Northern Youths Blast ACF, NEF For Whipping Up Ethnic And Religious Sentiments Over 2015

NEFYouths under the aegis of Northern Youths Network (NYN) yesterday flayed the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) for whipping up religious and ethnic sentiments in their clamour for power to return to the North in 2015.

President of the association, Malam Alli Kano in a statement in Abuja said those purportedly speaking for the North concerning the 2015 presidency are doing so for personal gains.

Kano said: “As a budding organization, whose cardinal objective is to raise the level of consciousness of the average Northerner, in a bid to compel a paradigm shift in the socio-economic and political affairs of Northern Nigeria in particular and the nation in general.

“We wish to state very clearly that ethnicity, religion and all the other primordial sentiments which our elders have whipped up in the past to sway the choices of the people during election times must be hurriedly discarded as we prepare for the 2015 general elections, so that credible and competent leaders will rule the nation and advance our democracy.

“May we humbly ask which age group constitutes the virile population of Northern electorate? It is undoubtedly the youths! But have the elders considered it imperative to consult the youths with a view to harmonizing positions in this pointless crave to return power to the North in 2015? No!

“They just assume that as usual, they can set their selfish agenda and the youths, most of whom they have deliberately left impoverished, will fall in line automatically! But this time, they are in for a big surprise.

“Experience has shown us that politics is not really a game of sentiments, but of interest! Therefore any leader who is capable of protecting and advancing the interest of the North would enjoy the support of the Northern youths.”

He contended that in the 52 years of the nation’s Independence, power at the centre has resided in the North for much longer than it has been in the South.

“But what do we have to show for it in the North? He asked, adding “It is pervasive poverty, insecurity, hunger, disease, illiteracy and underdevelopment!

“The egocentric and recycled politicians of Northern Nigeria, who have over the years used poverty and illiteracy as instruments of oppression to subject the majority of their fellow Northerners to be at their beck and call and hence to do their dirty biddings, do not really wish well for their people.”

According to him, some leaders in the region have no genuine desire to develop the Northern region and its people.

He lamented that: “Today, the average Northern youth is being regarded as a terrorist, a sad situation which is far from the truth! This is because our elders have not shown any tangible commitment towards checkmating the Boko Haram upsurge and other hostilities in the North.

“Instead the Northern Elders prefer to leave the youths perpetually impoverished, so that they can hardly see beyond their noses! Our Northern leaders do not really believe in leadership succession, that is why they do not care to empower the youths.

“We are fully aware that some of the Northern elders are some of the richest persons in Nigeria. They hold a good number of the oil wells in the South-South region of the country.

“But what do they do with their stupendous wealth? They only entice the people with peanuts and alms, to keep them begging and looking up to them forever, while their own children are exposed to the highest standards of education abroad. That is really not fair.

“We recall that Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi was personally able to place several indigent students on scholarship! How many Northern elders can boast of similar feats?

“It is high time the youths opened their eyes to the antics of these disgruntled politicians.”

8 Comments

  • When one weaks up is his or her morning * I believe experience have come to teach my northern brothers a lesson nd I believe this is the morning nd there rising.

  • Who is this guy Ali kano? That always parade his self as leader northern youth forum? Who installed him as a leader?
    I just dnt know why oppurtunists always size a chance to enterpretize them selves to earn recognition and cheap looted money, imagine saying elders speaking 4 selfish interest! Who sent u there?
    This guy is nt even a norther, he only attached kano to his name to decieve ppl. Ppl shouldn’t be decieved this guy is nt our mouth piece he is nothing but self earner in disguise. If world really want to knw our bearing they should carry out online youth opinion on social ntwrk (facebook) to acertain my assertion. Power coming back to north 2015 is mutual agreement with GEJ, why betraying the trust now? This man (GEJ) want to rule us 4 life dat y he proposed 6 yrs single tenure, to strt wt him if succed 2015, we say no, power must come back to north as agreed. Elders we are with u fully.

  • Who is this guy Ali kano? That always parade his self as leader northern youth forum? Who installed him as a leader?
    I just dnt know why oppurtunists always size a chance to enterpretize them selves to earn recognition and cheap looted money, imagine saying elders speaking 4 selfish interest! Who sent u there?
    This guy is nt even a norther, he only attached kano to his name to decieve ppl. Ppl shouldn’t be decieved this guy is nt our mouth piece he is nothing but self earner in disguise. If world really want to knw our bearing they should carry out online youth opinion on social ntwrk (facebook) to acertain my assertion. Power coming back to north 2015 is mutual agreement with GEJ, why betraying the trust now? This man (GEJ) want to rule us 4 life dat y he proposed 6 yrs single tenure, to strt wt him if succed 2015, we say no, power must come back to north as agreed. Elders we are with you fully.

  • Thank you my brother Yusuf. I think our northern youths have come of age far above this kind of foolish propaganda. What has the man (GEJ) the self acclaimed leader of northern youth is capaigning for done for the youth of his Ijaw that left them carrying arms under the guise of MEND. If I may ask, why did he (the leader of norther youths) not carry gun like the boko haram did?. We the true youths of north are quite informed the boko haram is a political tool deviced some elements in the gov. in order to maintain their grip on power. It will do us a lot of good if the acclaimed leader of northern leader will come on any TV program to address us and for recognition so that we know who this our leader is.

  • Northern youth are waking up ( about time ). We need to support young leaders like Malam Alli Kano, this is certainly a way forward. In the words of ancestor Kwame Nkrumah forward ever backwards never!

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