The youths said Obasanjo's comment shows that he does not like President Buhari and the northern region.
Ex-president Obasanjo reportedly said he thinks the South East should also have a go at the presidency in 2019 general elections.
The Northern youths in a statement signed by its secretary-general, Mallam Gazali Abdullahi said Obasanjo comments show he does not like President Muhammadu Buhari and the region.
The statement reads in parts:
“While President Muhammadu Buhari is on vacation and with so much fuss over the president’s decision to undergo medical examinations during his vacation, it is confounding to find an elder in the status of a former president needlessly criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country and discussing a successor to a sitting president.
“In his days as a sitting president, everyone knew that such a crass remark would have passed as a felony by Obasanjo’s own standards. And, for someone who had publicly claimed to have retired from politics, one wonders on what auspices Obasanjo thinks he can unilaterally determine which region produces the president for a country of almost 180 million people, or if integrity has any interpretation in Obasanjo’s dictionary.
“In the trying times of late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, it was the same Obasanjo who said all manner of unprintable things against the late president even when he was battling for his life on his hospital bed.
“This time again, Obasanjo has shown his hands that he is neither a friend of President Buhari nor is he a friend of the North. But as far as 2019 is concerned, we want to make it equivocally clear that only God, through the ballot of majority of Nigerians, and not one man can decide who the president of Nigeria will be in 2019,” the statement said.