The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, on Wednesday, reacted to the alleged threat by Kaduna State Governor, El-Rufai that foreigners who interfere in the forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be put in ‘body bags.’
AYCF President General, Yerima Shettima, said El-Rufai can only say that in Kaduna State.
Featuring on NTA’s Tuesday Live programme anchored by Cyril Stober, El-Rufai had said: “Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags.”
Shettima, however, said President Muhammadu Buhari should also be courageous enough and warn foreigners to st who come in from neighbouring countries to stay away from Nigerian politics.
According to Shettima: “We are worried about the way they are encouraging more foreigners into our political activities. The latest event in Kano has actually proven beyond reasonable doubt that the APC government was busy encouraging foreigners to interfere in our national life which is not right, even within the international law; it’s not acceptable as that is not the standard.
“Having said that, I’m also concerned and worried that maybe he got carried away, as a governor, he has a limitation that he can only make such declaration in Kaduna State.
“If it’s general then we expect the President to summon courage to speak against the foreigners because he has more friends in the neighboring countries like in Niger, so that should be referred to him.
“We expect that he should be the one to summon courage and tell his friends never to interfere in our elections because it’s not done anywhere in the world and Nigeria must not allow such.
“The warning must be given to them that this is a purely Nigerian affair and citizens must be allowed to discharge their civic responsibility by voting for whoever they want to vote for, foreign mercenaries have no place interfering with our elections. Naturally, it’s against the law and international standard.”
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