- A group named Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) says the fate of Nigeria cannot be determined by any selfish group or individual
- The group states that Osinbajo is unstoppable by any group no matter how powerful or connected the group may be
- NYLF says it will not back Buhari if he decides to contest for president in 2019
A northern group, the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), has said no individual or group of individuals can prevent Yemi Osinbajo form taking over leadership of the country if President Muhammadu Buhari resigns or is unable to continue in office due to ill health.
The group, speaking on the backdrop of calls by some politicians for Osinbajo to step down if Buhari resigns, said on Thursday July 13, that the acting president cannot be stopped by anyone or group of people from being the substantive president if Buhari cannot continue, Tribune reports.
The NYLF national president, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, told Journalist in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital that the fate of the Nigeria could not be determined by any selfish group or individual.
The group said: “We want to state that no individual or cabal can stop Prof Yemi Osinbajo from becoming substantive president if President Mohammed Buhari resigns or declared unfit to continue in office.
“It is our sincere prayer that President Buhari recovers and completes his term in office. Osinbajo is unstoppable by any group, no matter how powerful or connected the group may be.
“Nigeria and indeed Nigerians have reached a level that only God can determine our fate and destiny, not a group of selfish individuals anymore."
The group noted that it would not back Buhari if he decides to contest for president in 2019 because the cabinet of the present administration contained many people who have been indicted for alleged corrupt practices.
“Even if Buhari recovers and he decides on his own to contest we will not support him. The reason is because we entered into an agreement with him on the fight against corruption and he agreed to pursue it," the group said.
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“That was why it took him almost a year to bring out a list of his cabinet. The list that was presented contained all corrupt people and he told us. He eventually appointed people who were allegedly indicted by security reports of corruption.”
Meanwhile, details have started to emerge of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London with focus being on the ministers.
NAIJ.com recalls that the acting president had jetted out to London on Tuesday, July 11 to meet with the president and according to The Nation, the focus was on national development especially as it affects the cabinet.
According to a presidency source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the whole cabinet cannot be dissolved “because the nation cannot afford such a luxury now”.
However, some ministers may be reshuffled. It was also learnt that Osinbajo got approval for some appointment and key decisions.
The source said: “There is likely shake-up of the cabinet in line with the new fast-pace focus of the Buhari administration. Some of the ministers cannot cope with the portfolios assigned to them.
In the video below, NAIJ.com TV asked some Nigerians if they support the stand by the northern elders forum that a northerner should take the APC ticket if President Buhari is unable to finish his tenure.