Arewa Youths, Buhari supporters clash over alleged poor performance of Buhari’s administration

Arewa Youths, Buhari supporters clash over alleged poor performance of Buhari’s administration

A war of words has ensued between northern youths and a group of loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations that the current government has made Nigerians poorer.

The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) had accused the Buhari government of pauperizing Nigerians as it said that ” the majority of Nigerians are languishing in abject poverty and penury’ under the current administration”.

However, the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG), Wednesday, reacted angrily to the assertion by the Arewa youths saying the position of the northern youths does not reflect the current realities in Nigeria.

The AYF had in a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday, signed by AYF National President Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu also claimed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has performed below expectation just as it called for the reshuffling of the cabinet to get rid of officials whose loyalty and performance are in doubt.

But the BMSG in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman Austin Braimoh and its Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said the northern youths spoke out of ignorance, claiming they were oblivious of the achievements made by the Buhari administration, which it claimed, were many.

“It is obvious and unfortunate that the young fellows did not make enquiries to ascertain the current status of the issues they raised or match them with latest facts and figures before going to town.

“We advice the youths to take note of the various initiatives of the Buhari administration towards solving the myriad of problems besetting the country which he met on assumption of office in May 2015.

“We also remind the youths that despite the lean financial resources President Buhari inherited, he still enunciated several policies and programmes aimed at bringing succour to Nigerians.

“The recovery of huge sums of stolen public funds through the fight against corruption, the successful degrading of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and the deliberate policy of economic diversification which has resulted in a significant increase in federal revenue are some of the achievements of President Buhari.

“Furthermore, The present administration’s initiatives such as the N-Power programme, School Feeding programme, conditional cash transfer programme and the anchor borrowers programme have continued to impact on the Nigerians, especially, the youths, just as they are worthy of commendation.

“It may also interest AYF to know that the administration has revived the railway sector with a railway masterplan that traverses all parts of the country, as well as the construction and rehabilitation of most major road networks across the country,  BMSG said.

The BMSG thereafter urged members of the AYF to seek facts from the appropriate government agency.

“Moving forward, we  advice members of AYF to liaise with the Bureau of Statistics and other relevant agencies of government to update their knowledge with facts and figures as it relates to the performance of government in various sectors so as to make better informed decisions and public comment” the statement added.

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