A northern Nigeria group, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has accused ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo of turning himself into a self-appointed messiah in a bid to continue to control the affairs of the country.
The group said this in reaction to the recent description of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as a failure by the former president and his advice to Nigerians not to re-elect Buhari in the 2019 elections.
AYCF National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, in a statement issued on Friday, warned Obasanjo against further attacks on the Buhari administration.
The statement reads, “For quite some time, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has turned himself into a self-appointed messiah in the efforts to define the political and democratic future of this country.
“And the result of this meddlesomeness by the former president has been disastrous for the country,” the group said.
“Much as we are equally disappointed in the under-performance of President Buhari, we are not blinded by the fact that Obasanjo has no moral high ground for his repeated attacks on Buhari.
“The current president may have his serious shortcomings but he is still morally a better leader than Obasanjo.
“We challenge Obasanjo to tell us any of the current political and economic difficulties confronting the nation that is not connected to his meddlesomeness and manipulations. Let him exonerate himself from the current mess facing the country, if at all he can.
“It will no longer be acceptable for any old cargo to decide the fate of over 160 million Nigerians. We have had enough of these domineering old men in the democratic space and we are now saying it’s over,” it noted.
“We have warned, whoever has an ear, let him hear!” the statement concluded.