The Arewa Consultative Youths Forum, ACYF, has reacted to the recent Memorandum of Understanding MoU, signed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and 36 other political parties in the country.
The Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the PDP and other parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The main objective of the agreement, which has generated reactions across the country, is to defeat President Muammadu Buhari in 2019.
Speaking with DAILY POST on the matter, ACYF President, Shettima Yerima, described the move as a welcome development, adding that it was long overdue.
Yerima accused President Buhari of running an undemocratic government where perceived oppositions and critics were victimized. He said Nigeria was in dire need of a leader and not a ruler.
He said, “The move is a welcome development. In fact it is long overdue. Its very long overdue because Nigeria is in need of peace, stability; proper democracy and unity.
“And as you can see, at this critical time you can see how the polity is being overheated by some decisions of the All Progressives Congress. We are not looking for a ruler but we are looking for a leader.
“A leader has to be a man who has the heart to forgive; a leader has to be a man who looks at everybody as equal and a father to everybody. But a ruler does things with impunity and runs the whole country like an umpire.
“We don’t’ need an umpire now. We need a nation where everyone will be treated equally; where there’ll be development and where things will work.
“Coming together of the political parties is a clear indication that Nigerians must come out en mass and say enough of this so that we can have we can have a new order and that is what was demonstrated yesterday by fellow Nigerians who saw that truly there’s a need for a better option.
“We’ll ensure that we work together with prerogative minds who are willing to build the nation. People who are willing to forgive one another and obey the rule of law without intimidating perceived enemies or oppositions that is the norms of democracy.”
“There are over eleven states where daily killing is going on. Daily killings. You are only covering what is going on in Benue state. We have eleven states where there is uprising; where there is incessant killings of innocent Nigerians. So let us work and build a country where there’ll be peace; where a life of one would be respected. If one person dies we all mourn him as a nation. That is what we are looking for.”