Leader of the Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Gujungu, believes those praising Acting President Yemi Osinbajo's action are indirectly insulting the North.
Gujungu, in an interview with The Sun newspaper said the issue of Buhari's health is now being politicised for some certain interests and Politicians have started bargaining for power using Buhari’s health condition.
He said: "This is exactly what happened during late President Yar’Adua’s government. Politicians have started bargaining for power using Buhari’s health condition. If they continue like this, we are going to expose them because we work for the unity of the north first before any other thing. We are not going to allow what happened during Yar’Adua’s era to repeat itself. In the event of any eventuality, the presidency will continue to remain here in the north till 2023.
When Gujungu was asked if he thinks the presidency is not sincere to Nigerians on the issue of President Buhari’s health status, he said:
"Buhari has already transmitted the leadership of the country to the Acting President. Unfortunately, the South-west are using it against the President, forcing him to speak or make comments.
"We cannot have two presidents at the same time in the country. Already, there is an Acting President and he is in control of the country. Buhari is on vacation and this issue is not like that of Yar’Adua who travelled out of the country without transmitting power to the then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan. We know the people from the north who are deploying all these strategies to get Buhari out of power.
"On the issue of 2019, we know we are going to get a competent person from the north because it is the turn of the north to be in power. People are praying for the President, in churches and mosques in the north. These are the people who truly love this country.
"When 2019 comes, we will know how to tackle it. Moreover, I do not think Buhari has told anybody that he is going to contest but if he does, the chances are there that he will win. But whether Buhari or not Buhari, we are going to get a very competent person because it is the turn of the north to be in power.
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"We will know how to tackle it in 2019. A number of APC members are among the people spreading the propaganda that Osinbajo has performed more than Buhari and strategising against the President."
When he was asked if he thinks President Buhari has performed well in the North and to compare the North of now, to the North before Buhari's administration in power, Gujungu said unlike former Presidents Jonathan and Obasanjo, Buhari has served Nigeria as a whole.
He said: "We do not believe in what I may call sectional achievements by some of our past leaders.
"If you remember the late Sarduana of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, he did not do anything in Sokoto but he worked for the entire country and Tafawa Balewa, Murtala Mohammed and the others. They all worked for the entire country. It is not like Jonathan, Obasanjo and some others who concentrated on their regions. That is selfishness. We have about 22 dams in the country and there are 19 of them located in the north and Buhari has given approval for their rehabilitation."
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to Nigeria today, Friday March 10, 2017.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday March 9.