By John Shiklam in Kaduna
The Arewa Youth Leaders for Development and Change (AYLDC) has alleged that a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South-west is behind “the nefarious activities to bring down both men and all those close to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement in Kaduna at the weekend, the group maintained that the current campaigns of calumny against the Chief of Staff to the President , Alhaji Abba Kyari and the president’s nephew, Alhaji Mamman Daura, in some online news platforms were being sponsored by the APC leader.
The statement signed by the National President of AYLDC, Abubakar A. Karga, said the group had observed with disappointment, the unwarranted and malicious attacks on Kyari and Daura in some online publications re-publishing the malicious contents, stressing that a US-based online medium had been at the forefront of the attacks.
The grouse of the APC leader, according to the statement, is that “he is still smarting for not being the one to make every single appointment made by Mr. President.”
The group said it has reasons to believe that the chairman of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and a top government official are complicit in the show of shame.
“They are the ones who use their offices to lend legitimacy to questionable information to make it appear as if the lies being reported are true.
“The impression sought to be created is that Abba Kyari is corrupt. Our position is that these are unjustified attacks on an achiever out of spite and should at best be ignored.
“Daura has been falsely accused of corruption and meddlesomeness in state affairs repeatedly and without basis.
“After painstaking efforts to understand the nature and intent of these attacks, we came to realise that Kyari and Daura are pawns on the board for people who want to get at President Muhammadu Buhari for selfish reasons,” the statement said.
According to the AYLDC, those behind the attacks on Kyari and Daura, ”are trying to link both men to corruption in order to rubbish Mr. President’s anti-corruption efforts by making it appear as if he condones wrongdoing from his trusted aides and family members as well as blackmail him to firing those that genuinely have his interest at heart while clearing the way for those sponsoring these attacks.
“We want to categorically state that we now know those paying this medium to lie against good men. We found out that a national leader of the APC, from the South-west is at the centre of the nefarious activities to bring down both men and all those close to President Buhari.
”This is a totally unacceptable behaviour that should not be tolerated in Nigeria or any other country for that matter.
Anyone that has issues with President Buhar is advised to be bold enough to man up and approach him to table such demands instead of using fronts.
“We use this opportunity to warn these men to desist from these attacks or accept any legitimate actions we decide to take as a consequence of their lies.”