Youth group urges Buhari to be proactive

A group, Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council (NENYLC), has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to be more productive in curtailing the growing spate of insecurity in the country.

Speaking through its President-General, Terry Obirh, in a press conference in Abuja, the group stated that Nigerian youths cannot continue to witness the mindless killing of Nigerians in their numbers on a daily basis across the country.

The group lamented that the insecurity in the country has now reached a very alarming level, saying that they would no longer continue to fold their hands to see people being wasted in their numbers.

Obirh, who was in attendance with the Secretary-General, Oladotun Hassan; and Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Zopmal; stated, “Our stand is that the Federal Government needs to be more proactive in dealing with the growing spate of insecurity in the country as we cannot continue to witness such mindless killing of Nigerians in their numbers on a daily basis.”

He observed that the main essence and purpose of government is the protection of lives and properties, lamenting that it appears to have been defeated in Nigeria.

“We say today that enough is enough and urge the security agencies to sit up. We have heard so many words without action from the government, we have had enough rehearsed condolence messages from the government, what we demand now is an end to the massacre of Nigerians under whatever guise,” he added.

He stated that the council equally took notice of the pervasive corruption in Nigeria and are concerned about the level of corruption in governance in Nigeria, saying that it has to a large extent impeded development in the country, resulting in infrastructural decay across the country.

“The humongous annual budget of the country has not in any way translated to development,” he observed.

They opined that there are no commensurate development indices vis-a-vis the trillions of naira released every year as capital expenditure, stressing that the reason for this gap is not farfetched as it is buried in the graveyard of corruption.

The group stressed its uncompromising position on the need for a united Nigeria and cautioned against inflammatory statements ahead of the 2023 general election.

To this end, the group urged politicians to put the interest of the country above themselves as they should see themselves as vehicles for national cohesion and not as agents of disunity, saying that it is the reason why it noted with serious concern some unguarded utterances by political actors across the country, especially with regards to the 2023 general elections.

It stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has a big role to play, saying that it must give all interested parties equal opportunities in the 2023 general elections to ensure the emergence of credible leaders.

The group urged Nigerian youths to participate actively in 2023 politics, urging political actors to be fair to all political zones in elections.

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