A northern youth group, Arewa Youth for Democracy (AYD), Thursday implored President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison his re-election bid and take good care of his health.
The group in a statement berated some government officials and prominent members of All Progressives Congress (APC) as being the brains behind the President’s re-election bid despite his ill health.
In a statement made available to newsmen, which was signed by the Group’s National Coordinator, Ishaq Murtala, and Publicity Secretary, Comfort Shainaan, noted that they watched Buhari’s “troubling state of health” during campaigns.
It said: “We are very much aware of the sophisticated but covert plans by some political leaders of the APC stock to constitutionally take over power and control of government in anticipation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ill health getting worse and unbearable for him.
“It is their plan to wear him out with strenuous campaign schedules with a view to further weakening his health. It is also their anticipation that once Buhari resigns or anything more untoward happens to him because of his ill health, they are positioned to take over from him based on the position of the constitution.
“We wonder why a tiny group of Nigerians are bent on further weakening President Muhammadu Buhari’s health so as to achieve their own selfish political interests through the back door as the race towards the 2019 presidential elections gets more intense.
“Could this be the reason the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, recently told the Yoruba to vote for Buhari so that power would return to the southwest in 2023?
“The fact is that even Osinbajo knows that the campaign for power to return to the southwest in 2023 is not only illogical and improbable; it is also unfair to other regions which have not had a shot at the presidency since the beginning of our modern democratic dispensation despite being equal major stakeholders in the Nigerian project.
“Based on the foregoing, the ultimate plan of this set of political leaders is not to wait till 2023 for the presidency to return to the southwest since that is most improbable, but to take it long before then once there is a reason for President Muhammadu Buhari not to continue any more due to his failing health should he win the 2019 presidential election.
“It is based on these reasons, and for power not to slip off our hands prematurely before 2023, that we urge all to strongly implore President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from the race and take good care of his health.”