Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) have called on former Nigerian leaders to intervene and save the nation from collapsing by convening a meeting to discuss and proffer workable solutions to the problems facing the nation.
The group made the call on Saturday, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed.
They urged former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State Ibrahim Babangida to lead the discussion.
The National Chairman of NYLF, Elliot Afiyo, made the plea when he spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta shortly after meeting with Obasanjo.
NYLF also asked the likes of Theophilus Danjuma, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Chief Ernest Shonekan and others to intervene and save the nation from collapsing.
Afiyo said banditry, kidnapping, poor economy, corruption, agitation for secession were among the challenges facing the nation.
According to him, it was high time those he called ‘Nigerian fathers’ met and proffered lasting solutions to the Nigerian problems before it will be too late.
He however recalled that the NYLF in 2015 supported the emergence of the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, but regretted that Buhari has “failed to meet up with the expectations of Nigerians.”
Afiyo added that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lacks the political will to solve the many challenges confronting Nigeria.
He also begged Obasanjo to wade in to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a view to resolving it, noting that only the PDP can save Nigeria and provide good governance for the masses.
To him, it does not matter where the next President comes from.
Afiyo said, “We were part of the groups that brought Buhari in 2015, we thought the Buhari that we know will change things, but we realised that we have made a mistake and we have to correct the mistake. That is why I came personally to see Baba (Obasanjo) and we have discussed, he has to also be involved.
“We want him to do two things – to summon the elders, the Nigerian fathers; they have to meet, discuss and intervene to save the nation.”
NYLF is an umbrella of 42 Arewa youth groups.