Arewa Youths Assembly has impeached and expelled its former speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, who was sacked over a statement credited to him.
The former speaker had in the statement attacked President Muhammadu Buhari
’s economic agenda, maligned the person and office of the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and also threatened national security and the economy of Nigeria with possible breakdown of law and order.
At a press conference addressed by the newly appointed speaker, Tahir Muhammad Azare, he said Mr. Danlami, despite resolution of the leadership of the assembly not to use the platform for devious political plots, went ahead to use the name of the assembly to threaten national security and the economy of the country.
“We had asked ourselves, which Emefiele is Mr. Salihu Danlami talking about? Is it the CBN Governor who deployed over N756 billion to 3.7 million farmers cultivating over 4.6 million hectares of farmland under the Anchor Borrowers Programme? Or was it the same man who provided N23 billion in relief materials to Covid19 affected households and set up 39 Isolation Centres across Nigeria?
“We advised him and his thieving patrons to look elsewhere for a new target as Emefiele was a wrong target because he is not the cause of their poverty of ideas and take their fake news of Emefiele’s Presidential ambition somewhere else,” Azare said.
Danlami had in a statement launched verbal attacks on the person and office of the CBN governor, attacked the economic agenda of President Buhari and threatened to shut down the apex bank indefinitely.
However, Azare noted that “we have since reliably gathered that the smear campaign against Emefiele was being sponsored by some faceless prominent Nigerians who want to have their cronies in charge of the apex bank so that they can continue to loot the nation’s treasury unabated and to use funds from the bank to bankroll their vaulted political ambitions. As a responsible youth organization, we find it ridiculous, shameful and embarrassing that Salihu Danlami
can drag the good name of our group into this mess.
“No wonder Salihu has refused to hand over as the Speaker of our dear organization in the past seven years that he led the Assembly until he was disgraced out few days ago. It is clear that his desperation to remain in power is just to continue to use the name of the group to carry out nefarious activities to feather his nest.
“To salvage what is left of this organisation’s pride and honour, the Arewa Youth Assembly resolved to Impeach and sack Danlami as our Speaker with immediate effect, expel him from the Assembly and appointed a new speaker,” the assembly said.
Meanwhile, a statement signed by the chairman of the assembly’s Committee on Media and Information, Adamu Muhammad Funtua, urged members of the public to beware of any information that comes from Danlami as such statements do not come from the assembly and do not represent their views about the country, the CBN, the nation’s economy and President Buhari’s government’s economic agenda.
The assembly has also written to relevant security agencies to invite Mr. Danlami for questioning to unravel the extent of the nefarious activities against the country.