The Arewa Community United Foundation has warned those threatening national violence against the state that nothing unwholesome must happen to President Muhammadu Buhari in the discharge of his duties as the President of the country, according to a report by The Nation
It said although it is normal for the opposition party in the country to demand for unrealizable targets and express their opinions; the President should not be impeded from performing his duties and functions.
The State Secretary, Alhaji Musa Saleh, made this known in Lagos, Friday at the yearly national prayer and 50th year remembrance of the Late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, killed in the first military coup d’état witnessed in the country on January 15,1966.
Saleh said although they were gathered to pray and remember the legacies left behind by their leaders before they were cut-off, “we have to say now that we don’t want such event to happen to our leaders anymore. Today we have President Muhammadu Buhari on seat, for those who are threatening national violence against the state, we warn them that nothing must happen to Buhari, he’s there, he has been elected by popular majority vote and he’s carrying out the administration of this country in the way to rebuild the country for greater posterity. So we are warning that nothing should happen to him but we all should support him to achieve the desired goal for the country.”
He said for Nigeria to develop, national unity should be encouraged and segregation discouraged, noting it as the fastest path to greatness.
The South West leader of the Arewa Community, Architect Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, said the death of the late Sardauna was not only the worst thing to happen to Northern Nigeria but also the worst thing to happen to the country as a whole.
Abdullahi said late Sir Ahmadu Bello’s demise with others, marked the beginning of problems of under-development of the country and he believes that the administration of President Buhari is toeing the same line of development started by the late Sardauna, and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, by holding unto Nigeria as one without letting go of his constituency, the Northern region.
On how successive Northern leaders have not been able to emulate the success of the late Ahmadu Bello in developing the North, he said “Every leader has tried, but it is possible at a time not to have people who can build up on your legacy as those who came after late Ahmadu Bello, yet they made their own impacts, but they have not been able to match up to the big shoes and it is our hope that President Buhari should be able to match up. It is our hope and we are confident that Buhari will match up.”
Speaking on the agitation for break-up of Nigeria by the East, he asked “did they put it together, can you break what you did not put together, that’s injustice. They are working against themselves. They should change and let Nigeria be because I know Nigeria will be with or without them. Nigeria has come to stay. The Giant of Africa has come to stay.”