Tinubu A Divine Project That Will Lay   Foundation  For  Greater Nigeria – Comrade Afiyo

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*Says Atiku, others should join hands in developing Nigeria
Comrade Elliot Afiyo is the 5th National President of the  Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) the umbrella body of 42  Northern Youth Groups which was formed by the Northern  Political, Military, Traditional and Religious Leaders on the 26th of September, 1994 with the sole aim of protecting and 
propagating the Northern interest within the National Interest.  The Forum has been very influential in the victories of all the  presidential candidates since 1999 till date. The Forum also  controls the majority of the Northern Youth especially at the  rural areas of the North. NYLF has also produced a sizeable   number of Governors, Senators, Representatives and Members 
of the State Houses of Assembly. 
In this interview with the  newsmen at Abeokuta after a meeting with 
the former President Obasanjo for three hours, Comrade Afiyo who 
is also a Senior Pastor of the RCCG and the Secretary –General of 
the Association of West African Monarch (AWAM), bares his mind and that of the Forum on some burning national issues.
Comrade Sir, you have been silent since the judgments of the presidential election tribunal and 
subsequently, that of the Supreme Court, what necessitates
this silence sir?
Our Forum decided not to make any comment on  these judgments until after consultations with our patrons. My visit  today is part of the consultation process and I am glad to tell you that we have concluded that process and have addressed the press.
During that press conference, you made mention of your patrons coming together to support President Tinubu.  Can we say then that it is your collective decision? 
The Presidential Election Tribunal ruled that  President Tinubu won the election and this judgment was affirmed  by the Supreme Court. By implication, President Tinubu becomes  the legal and constitutionally recognized president and Commander
in-chief at least for the next four years. This also implies that, his
decisions are binding on all Nigerians, his instructions must be
carried out, his commands must be obeyed and his actions are
legally backed up. There is nothing anybody could do to change or
alter this fact. Whether the judgments were wrongly delivered or  not, they are binding on us and remain sacrosanct.
Our Patrons are advanced citizens and nationalists, and as patriots,
they have strong belief in the progressive and peaceful Nigeria. They  have all agreed to support, encourage and participate in the
Renewed Hope Administration of president Bola Tinubu to salvage
our country despite their seeming differences.
I want you to know
that Tinubu is a divine project that will lay the  foundation
for a greater Nigeria. He is definitely the Moses but not the Joshua
How soon are we going to witness this support Sir?
Very soon. They have given us go ahead to  arrange for meetings and interfaces between them and the
President. We have already agreed to initiate the process. That
should be after our NEC meeting next week. We would surely
contact the president through one of our patrons who is close to
Sir you made mention of lopsided appointment by 
the present administration though you said it is not the first 
time we are witnessing it. What do you suggest of the Federal 
Character Commission?
The Federal Character Commission deals with the  public and civil service recruitments and appointments. We are  talking of political appointments here. If you listened to me very  attentively during the press conference, you will observe that I made
an analogy comparing the disparity and the gap created by these
appointments since independence. Presidents Goodluck Jonathan
and Muhammadu Buhari widened this gap. Only President
Obasanjo that narrowed the gap both as a military Head of State and  as well as a Democratic President. We are seeing another dimension  towards this gap. As I said earlier, the Northerners must not  complain. But can we continue this way as we strive towards a
united Nigeria?
The president to my own opinion, should create an independent
political appointments office to be headed by a Special Adviser
or Special Assistant to be reporting directly to him instead of
the present set up in the hands of his Chief of Staff or SGF.
Though it is impossible to balance up, it is very possible to
narrow the gap and create of a sense of belonging.
Some Northern clerics are claiming that Abuja  belongs to the North and as such the minister must be a 
Northerner. What do you have to say about it sir?
It is total ignorance or deliberate and  calculated propaganda. Abuja belongs to Nigeria under the trust
of Mr. President. Nobody can dictate or force the president to
appoint a particular person as a minister from Sokoto or Kano
not to talk of Abuja. The President has the prerogative power
and right to appoint even a Herbalist or Babalawo as minister
of FCT subject to confirmation by the Senate under the
democratic dispensation.
When Lagos was the Federal Capital, Alhaji Mahmud Ribadu was  appointed the Administrator of Lagos by the Prime Minister-Not a  single Lagosian, Yoruba or Southerner came out to complain not to  talk of claiming the ownership. Ribadu is adjudged today to be the  best Administrator of Lagos ever produced because he made the  master plan and ensured that it was obeyed and carried out even  when his life was threatened by an acclaimed Babalawo. Today, we  have the Tafawa balawa Square, Onikan Stadium, Defence House and the State House in Marina Lagos because Ribadu risked his life  by ensuring that the master plan was adhered to. His Excellency Nyesom Wike should ignore all these threats and focus on the  restoration of the Abuja master plan.
President Tinubu should also
give Wike the needed political freedom to do the needful.
If I may ask, if Abuja actually belongs to us as the clerics are
claiming, how many votes did President Tinubu get from the
supposed owners of Abuja that they are demanding for their
own to be made minister of the FCT?.
What do you think is the way forward against this 
The government should do something fast and  urgently too, to counter this propaganda before the rural northern population is polluted. You know they have rigid beliefs and are subservient to indoctrination. If such is not done, the Tinubu’s  administration will encounter a very stiff and unimaginable  opposition and hatred, which will make that of Jonathan’s  administration a child’s play.
On our own part, we have directed our local government  coordinators to engage in rural awareness to counter this propaganda.
There was a video of a cleric calling for prayers  and incantations against President Tinubu and Wike. ( Cuts in).
Who is he that will harm you if you are a doer of  that which is good? No divination against Jacob shall stand. Only  the counsel of the Lord shall prevail. Do you know how many prayers were offered against President  Tinubu’s victory and assumption of office? God answers  prayers on one condition. That is, if you pray according to His
will, He answers. Do you know that some churches declared  fasting and prayers including night vigils against Tinubu? I was  referred to and called a suspect by my one of our pastors because I  did not support Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and later Peter Obi? Where are
they now? Many pastors openly declared them as God’s choice. I
laughed because they have Samuelic mentality which prophet
Samuel displayed in the house of Jesse. (I Sam 16:6-7).
You are one of Atiku’s strong pillars and confidants.  What is your advice to him now that the Supreme Court has  affirmed President Tinubu’s victory.
Atiku has done his best towards deepening and  strengthening our democracy and democratic institutions and  structures. He has said on several occasions that he will appeal  to God after the Supreme Court verdict. When somebody  appeals to God, it means he has nothing to do or say again. He either waits for God’s goodwill, permissive and acceptable will  or perfect and affirmative will.
As I said earlier, the Supreme Court has settled all the issues  concerning the 2023 presidential elections. President Tinubu is now
the authentic and constitutional president of Nigeria. All our
political differences must be buried for now. All hands must be on
deck to assist and support the president to succeed. Assuredly, I
am telling you now, we are 100% behind President Tinubu. That
does not mean that we can’t give him constructive criticisms.
What is your stand concerning the ongoing war  between Israel and Hamas?
I am neither for Israel nor Hamas. I am not against Israel nor Hamas. I am for peace and I am totally against  Illuminati who are deliberately initiating and sponsoring wars and  conflicts to destroy lives and property to reduce the world’s  population.

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