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BY SONI DANIEL & BEN AGANDE

ABUJA—A group, Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF, Wednesrday, warned two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande and Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to tender an apology to President Jonathan for using bad language on him or face its wrath.

NYPF accused the two APC chieftains of insulting President Jonathan and heating up the polity, with a view to causing dissention in the country.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, National Chairman of the Forum, Mr Moses Siasia, warned Akande and his sympathisers to desist from engaging in acts capable of distracting Jonathan from delivering on his mandate and setting the country on the edge.

Siasia warned that, henceforth, unwarranted insults and attacks aimed at ridiculing and belittling the President and his office would not be taken kindly by his organisation.

The Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, had last weekend in Osun State, described President Goodluck Jonathan as a ‘kindergarten leader’ who treated national issues with levity.

His criticism drew a strong response from the presidency, with the spokesman to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, telling the APC leader to ‘respect’ his age.

But in a strongly worded statement, the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum urged the APC leader to apologise to the President and cease further attack on his person or face the wrath of the group.

Siasia, who was flanked by Alhaji Yusuf Waili, Mr Dotun Ajayi and Dr Uche Nwachukwe, representing the Niger Delta, North, South-West and South-East wings of the group respectively, further warned that any individual or group contemplating to subject the person and office of the President to ridicule would face their wrath.

Although he did not  state the form of its retaliation, Mr Siasia wondered how Chief Akande, who he accused of failing to provide leadership as the governor of Osun State, would now provide panacea for the country’s problems.


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