Less than five days to his one year in office, youths under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Kwara State chapter have expressed their displeasure with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. TOPE SUNDAY, SECURITY MONITOR’s Bureau Chief reports why the youths declared that their patience “is growing thinner by the day”.
The group in an electronic statement issued in Ilorin over the weekend by its Spokesperson, Comrade Bamikole Oladele Babs, also described the increase in the price of petrol as “anti-masses, anti-poor, anti-youth and un-progressive”.
To this end, they declared their support for Comrade Ayuba Wabba-led Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
The statement partly reads: “The Kwara State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) wishes to express its dismay with the ill-informed unilateral fuel pump price increment as announced by Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum on behalf the APC- led Federal Government.
“This increment is coming at a time when Nigerians are already groaning under the economic and financial hardship they are currently facing which is direct consequences of the maladministration of successive government is to say the least callous, wicked and inhuman.
“We are totally on the same page with the Ayuba Wabba led Nigerian Labour Congress, as this increment is anti-masses, anti-poor, anti-youth and un progressive and if allowed to stand will further impoverish and surcharge the poor to the advantage of the few privileges in the society.
“In the same vein, we wish to also use this platform to intimate the Buhari-led government that the patience of the ever progressive Nigerian youths is growing thinner by the day, sadly the various government appointees and functionaries are not living the Spartan lifestyle promised us during electioneering, whereas it has been business as usual.
“The incessant cases of kidnap are a major source of concern especially in Kogi state, which is now a daily occurrence, with the latest victim, the Kwara State APC Chairman and Secretary, Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani and Chief Bode Adekanye respectively.
“Though we commend the various security agencies for securing their release after 24 hours in captivity, we however, enjoin them to do more by flushing out the criminal elements where ever they might be.”