The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has denounced political actors who are attempting to sabotage the May 29 handover by putting in place a National Interim Government.
According to the EBANTAL, some political heavyweights who were dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election on February 25 reportedly promised that Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, would not take office on May 29.
There have been a number of demonstrations in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, calling for the annulment of the election that they claim was rigged in favor of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC.
Remember that the Department of State Services, or DSS, reportedly identified some key players in an alleged plot to establish an interim government on Wednesday and raised the alarm about it.
The plot to establish an interim administration, according to the secret police, was intended to overthrow the constitution, undermine civil authority, and throw the nation into avertable crisis.
The DSS security alert has continued to cause reactions throughout the nation as supporters of the ruling party and the president-elect vowed to thwart the plot and insisted that the former Lagos Governor must be sworn in on May 29 as required by the constitution of the nation.
The National President of AYCF, Yerima Shettima, discussed the matter in an interview with EBANTAL and claimed that the plot would be an exercise in futility.
He emphasized that those calling for an interim government were unaware of the consequences and that some Nigerians had paid the ultimate price—huge sacrifices—for the democracy that exists today.
“I often see people talking about an interim government as wishful thinkers who are living off the figment of their imagination, which is an expensive joke,” he said.
“We repeatedly challenge those who support interim government to try nonsense and see what happens. These are individuals who are best characterized as adversaries of democracy. Some of us don’t find the language amusing.
“I still clearly recall the 1990s, when we were still very young and engaged in the struggle; back then, we were in the trenches alongside more experienced comrades like Gani Fawehinmi, Anthony Enahoro, Wole Soyinka, and the rest of them. I clearly recall that it was illegal, but by that point we lacked the power to stop it. However, we defy those figures today.
“After all we have given up for democracy, let them try it. This is due to the lack of democratic sacrifice made by those calling for an interim government. They haven’t put in any work or paid any dues. They were only able to observe themselves in the corridors of power because of chance. They haven’t offered any kind of sacrifice.
But a few of us who served during the military’s darkest era and endured prolonged imprisonment at the hands of various military dictators will not permit such a thing to take place. In fact, our desire for democracy caused us to lose some of our allies in the fight.
“I also recall that some of our comrades were imprisoned, and their lives have not been the same since. Only a select few of us have been able to endure to this point and tell the tale of what took place during those gloomy times.
And God will not pardon anyone who just gets over a hangover to talk about an interim government. We are patient and resolute.
Let’s wait and see what occurs from now until May 29. Watch what happens if they refuse to cede authority to the president-elect. We’ll take control of this nation. They have never seen anything like what they are about to see.
They must not make light of us. We are committed to making sure that democracy is firmly established in this nation. No one could threaten this democracy. We won’t let our adversaries prevail. Once more, “We never will!”.