A civil society group, the Arewa Youth for Peace and Security, (AYPS), has lambasted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over his remarks that Senate President Bukola Saraki’s leadership was antagonistic to President Buhari’s administration
Chairman of the group, Alhaji Salisu Magaji, at a press conference in in Bauchi also condemned the statement issued by the Buhari Media Organisation, which was signed by the Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and the Secretary, Cassidy Madueke respectively, supporting Tinubu’s statement.
The pro-Buhari group according to Magaji had stated that Saraki’s rejection by the people of Kwara State in the 2019 general election was nemesis for being unduly antagonistic of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The Pro-Buhari group stated that unlike his predecessor, David Mark, who had a cordial working relationship with Late President Umar YarAdua and was returned by the people of Benue State, Saraki was on the other hand rejected, “for his self-interested legislation on the nation”
Saraki was described by the pro-Buhari group as a politician who had no grassroots support and lacked control of Kwara State.
However, Magaji who spoke at a press conference in Bauchi during the weekend, described the pro-Buhari group’s condemnation of Saraki as “useless, saying that Saraki is a politician with enormous grassroots base has grown beyond Kwara State politics to become a nationalist.
Magaji pointed out that no amount of blackmail and campaign of calumny against the office and person of the Senate President can eradicate Saraki’s colourful place in Nigeria’s history.
The AYPS Coordinator, said: “We the Arewa Youth for Peace and security are replying the pro Buhari group in persons of Niyi Akinsiju, Cassidy Madueke who don’t see the mature way that Saraki is leading the National Assembly.
“The way Saraki is leading the National Assembly shows that he is a man of his words, he is a core politician. If not because of what has happened in Kwara State during the last election, nobody can fight Saraki because Saraki is beyond Kwara, he is a leader who has absolute support and control of the National Assembly.
“If you are talking about Tinubu as the leader of the APC, I don’t see how he become the leader of the party. The way they were talking about the leadership of the National Assembly, they tried to relegate Saraki and the leadership of the National Assembly but they failed. They have rejected Tinubu’s candidate and the Speaker he is backing.
“So if you follow all what is happening in the National Assembly, one can see that Saraki is a nationalist, a leader that can be reckoned with, he is in absolute control of the National Assembly and a man of his word. Saraki is a grassroots politician that Nigerians should support and he has done well also as was governor for eight years and became Senate President”
The group then congratulated Saraki on his appointment as Ambassador at-large, byInternational Human Rights Commission (IHRC), saying “Saraki deserved this appointment because he is a great person and a leader who protects the rights of citizens all over. This shows that he is a man of integrity”
Magaji commended the Senate President Bukola Saraki, saying his leadership of the National Assembly has exemplified separation of powers and entrenched democracy in the country .