The President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima, on Thursday, alleged that some South-East Governors are sponsoring the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for their selfish political gains.
According to him, “We got classical information that certain governors in the South-East are working round the clock funding the IPOB leader, though it is not a new thing to us to know what they are using Nnamdi Kanu to blackmail the state and unleashing terror, killings innocent Nigerians and fighting against the sovereignty of the country.
“We are aware that some governors out of fear or selfish interest are funding him behind believing that he is the only person they put before them and believing that what he is doing, they will find a means of getting to power.”
Shettima while speaking with Daily Post, further stated that the governors are contributing money to pay lawyers to defend Kanu following his arrest.
He added, “We are aware and have classical information and very reliable information. We know if time permits, we will expose them but we are working to see how the funding will go and how they will do it. We are willing and determined to do all it takes to ensure that nobody and we will not fold our hands and allow anybody to blackmail us simply because they want power.”
The President of AYCF added that the desire to use blackmail to secure power “is unacceptable, we will resist any attempt by anybody that will not follow the due process of doing things.”
“A time has come that we cannot be intimidated and nobody can push us to the wall and at the same time, we are aware of all that they are doing.”
He noted that the idea of shifting power from one region to the other is not constitutional and but they are working with their counterparts from other parts of the country to produce a young and vibrant President of the country come 2023 that has the capacity and experience to credibly handle the affairs of the country.
Shettima charged the Federal Government to monitor the sponsors of Nnamdi Kanu, saying that it must be ready to ensure they are brought to book.
He assured that in choosing the next President in 2023, age, capacity and experience would come into play, stressing that they will never allow men of yesteryear to continue to pilot the affairs of the country.
“We must produce one of our own and we will look on whoever the cap fits to occupy the position of leadership in the country. We will only allow the elders to remain as advisers where necessary but certainly, we need to channel this country in an orderly manner the way it ought to go for the betterment of all,” he added.
He noted that the challenges affecting the growth of Nigeria in no time will be a thing of the past.
“We are looking at a situation where we have responsible leadership where all Nigerians will be proud to call themselves Nigerians and work together for the overall progress, unity and development of our fatherland,” he said.