Tinubu real target in protest against Matawalle – Arewa Youth 

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has alleged that the recent protests from Zamfara state is a confirmation of a sinister plot against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s chances of reelection come 2027. 

The AYCF, in a statement by its President General Yerima Shettima, has been vocal in its warnings about a brewing conspiracy by disgruntled politicians to undermine President Tinubu.

Shettima in the statement reiterated its call for President Tinubu and his team to remain vigilant and take concrete steps to counter the efforts of these disaffected politicians, while stressing the importance of solidifying Tinubu’s support base in the North, with figures like Bello Matawalle being crucial allies in such endeavor.

The AYCF is of the opinion that the threats being made against politicians like Matawalle are merely distractions, with the real target being President Tinubu. 

Shettima warned that these machinations should not be taken lightly and called on President Tinubu to be proactive in safeguarding his candidacy and ensuring a fair electoral process.

“The recent protests targeting Bello Matawalle are linked to destabilizing Tinubu’s support base in the North and are a clear indication of a concerted effort to undermine Tinubu’s candidacy and influence in the region,” he said.

Shettima further alleged that the defence Minister for state, Alhaji Matawalle is being used as a mere pawn in a larger scheme aimed at derailing Tinubu’s presidential ambitions.

“The protests, orchestrated by a Zamfara group, are seen as a vindication of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum’s claims about political interference and manipulation,” he said.

In light of these developments, Shettima has emphasised the importance of remaining vigilant and proactive in safeguarding Tinubu’s candidacy, adding that it is crucial for President Tinubu and his team to navigate these challenges effectively and protect the integrity of their support base in the North. 

“The AYCF calls on President Tinubu to take decisive action to solidify his support in the North and thwart the efforts of those seeking to derail his reelection bid. As a respected voice within the North, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum stands firm in its support for true democratic practices and urges Mr. President to remain vigilant against any attempts to undermine his candidacy.

“The AYCF will continue to monitor the situation closely and is committed to defending the interests of the North and its people. We call on all Nigerians to remain united in the face of these divisive tactics and to support President Tinubu as he works towards a better future for our great nation,” Shettima stated.