Umbrella body of youths in the north, Arewa Youth Forum, (AYF) Friday in Kaduna kicked against the planned commencement of the re-election campaigns of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is inhuman.
AYF in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna said president Buhari and his service chiefs should look for ways to tackling the quantum of problems bedevilling the country before talking of the 2019 elections.
The statement signed by Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, AYF National President posited that, ‘we are appalled to hear that in the midst of all the problems in the country, the president and his men have already put in place measures to kick start his re-election bid for 2019.
“As the apex body of youths in the 19 Northern states and Abuja with affiliates across the country, we see the re-election bid of Mr. President at this point in time as inhuman, uncalled for and an insult to the sensibilities of the suffering Nigerian masses.”
Part of the statement also said, “Arewa Youth Forum, is worried about the mindless killings all over the country especially those in Benue, Kaduna, Kwara and Rivers, also that these carnage is taking place in the new year.
“We are even more amazed this is coming shortly after the extension of the tenure of the service chiefs, as such it calls for serious concern. Is this the good work that the President extended their tenure for. It is time to for them to justify their continuous stay in office or give way to those that can bring out a security architecture that can protect Nigerians.
“We are also worried that Nigerians had to go through the yuletide with agony and pains because of the fuel scarcity which still persist into the new year with the Federal government not having a definite roadmap to ending the malaise.
” This scenario was also compounded by the prevailing hardship Nigerians have been going through because of the actions and inactions of politicians and the elite who we believed have not done enough to assuage the plight of the ordinary Nigerians.”
The youths said,” If you add these challenges to the corruption allegations that had plagued some top high ranking officers of this administration, the inability of Mr. President to address same leaves a sour taste in the mouth of many Nigerians.
“On the magnitude of the killing, we expect the president to visit some of the states and when he came to Kaduna, he should have condoled with the people or even visit the area.”
AYF said “It was disheartening that when the President visited Kaduna State, black marketers were having a field day as many of the stations where closed and the people where buying fuel at over 350/liter. This we believe is not good enough.
“Nigerians expect a more purposeful leadership from the champion of change than this anarchy in the land and the time to act is now Mr. President.”