A Coalition of Northern Groups on Monday in Kaduna asked President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar not to contest the presidency of the country in 2019.
The CNG’s position was contained in a communiqué issued shortly after the end of a two-day summit which was held at the Arewa House, Kaduna on Monday.
One of the leaders of the group and the National President of the AYCF, Alhaji Shettima Yerima on behalf of the CNG said, “We advise him (Buhari) that we still have people within our generation who have integrity who are very competent and also have capacity to lead.
“We are advising him not to contest but if he chooses to go ahead to contest, Nigerians will go ahead to decide.
“It also extends to Atiku and anybody above that age (70).”
The coalition also lamented the attitude of northern political leaders to the issue of restructuring of the country.
They dismissed both the Northern Governors’ Forum Committee on Restructuring and the Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s Committee on Restructuring by the APC-led government, saying that Nigeria neither belonged to the APC nor the PDP.