A group, Northwest Youths Progressives Forum, has faulted the position of the Katsina Elders Forum asking President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to reverse his administration’s decisions or risk losing the support of the North come 2027 general election.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Sokoto, the group coordinator, Alhaji Murtala Aliyu Ka’oje said the Katsina Elders have no moral justifications to challenge any decision taken by the current government having failed in the past to challenge former President Muhammadu Buhari- led government of impunity.
On the other hand, they supported the reactions of minister of state on defence, Bello Muhammad Matawalle asking the Katsina Elders and other pressure groups to work for national cohesion and stop creating political tension through unguided and unpatriotic statements against the present administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Ka’oje recalled that despite the wanton loss of lives, properties and economy of the north, no northern elder from Katsina stood up to speak against the bad policies by the previous government that have adversely affected the north and northerners.
“Why was it that the level of poverty, insecurity and political intimidation experienced under former President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership were not challenged by the same Katsina elders group?
“More people lost their life and property, farming activities were disrupted and all sectors of human endeavors almost collapsed due to insecurity and poor handling of governance by the past administration of President Buhari; yet, the Elders Forum never challenged the former President to adjust or buckle up.
“When did the Katsina Elders suddenly become critics of the Federal Government policies?” Ka’oje stated.
He however wondered why the current president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is a Yoruba from the Southwest is now the target to receive the heat created by his predecessor.
Ka’oje also downplayed the political threat issued against the president ahead of the 2027 presidential election, saying that no serious minded person can be talking about 2027 when the administration has only spent less than a year of its first four year tenure.
“They (Katsina Elders) ought to have advised Mr President to convene a national summit on issues that affect security, economic development and political stability of the country, rather than showing their biased thoughts against the government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We believe that the Federal Government under President Tinubu from all indications is competent and committing a lot of energy and resources to fight against banditry activities within the northern communities through both kinetic and non-kinetic approach.
“Therefore, we supported the reactions of Minister of State on Defence, Bello Muhammad Matawalle asking the Katsina Elders and other pressure groups to work for national cohesion and stop creating political tension through unguided and unpatriotic statements against the present administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, ” Ka’oje stated.