With the 2019 general elections around the corner, a coalition of youth groups in Northern Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election, adding that he has failed Nigerians.
This is coming on a day that the result of a poll conducted by a prominent Nigerian newspaper showed that many Nigerians may not vote for President Buhari if he decides to seek re-election in 2019.
The northern youth groups said the president had shown lack of care and sympathy for Nigerians, at a time of fuel scarcity, rising cost of living and wanton destruction of lives and property, as currently being witnessed in Benue, Kaduna and Adamawa states.
The leaders of the coalition, called Northern Youth Coalition, made this known when they addressed pressmen at the Press Centre in Kano on Sunday.
Premium Times quoted the coalition as saying that they were dissatisfied with Mr. Buhari’s performance as president and that seeking re-election “could be a disgraceful move.”
The leader of the coalition, Abdulmajid Saad and his secretary, Salisu Indabawa, said this on behalf the coalition that they said comprised 36 youth groups.
He said: “We observed with utmost dismay that three years after the current leadership came into power, Nigerians are already disappointed with the way things are going.”
“This was characterised by the president’s deafening ears to the yearnings of the citizenry as witnessed in the falling standard of attainment of basic of life needed by ordinary Nigerians.”
“We also observed poor healthcare services delivery to the whole nation. Corruption has taken new dimensions on high scale, standard of living of most Nigerians has deteriorated, while injustice, insecurity and high level of impunity has become a recurring decimal.”
They added that the victory recorded in the fight against Boko Haram was insufficient to campaign with, as insecurity had worsened in other areas with kidnapping and ethnic violence on the rise.
In the same vein, the Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) had some days ago questioned President Buhari’s planned bid to re-contest in 2019.
AYF, in a statement by its head, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Gugungu, kicked against Buhari’s second term bid, describing such as insensitive, inhuman and insulting to the entire northern youths, Vanguard reports.
“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.
“If you add these challenges to the corruption allegations that had plagued some top ranking officers of this administration and the inability or refusal of Mr. President to address same leaves a sour taste in the mouth of many Nigerians.
“Consequently, we are appalled to hear that in the midst of all these 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 inhuman, uncalled for and an insult to the sensibilities of the suffering Nigerian masses.
“On the magnitude of the killings, 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 visited the affected area,”
“It is 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/litre. 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,” the youths warned.
Meanwhile, Buhari is yet to officially declare his intention ahead of 2019, however, there are strong indications that he will seek a second term.
The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, had some days ago said although the President had not made up his mind on the 2019 presidential election, he must seek re-election because he had “done well so far.”