A coalition of youth groups in Northern Nigeria has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison his re-election bid, adding the president has turned “deafening ears” to the yearnings of the citizens.
At a press conference addressed by them in Kano on Sunday, the Northern Youth Coalition,
said they were dissatisfied withBuhari’s performance as president and that seeking re-election “could be a disgraceful move.”
Abdulmajid Saad, the coalition’s leader, and his secretary, Salisu Indabawa, said their group is a canopy for 36 youth groups.
“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,” Saad said.
“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.”
The officials said 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.
The coalition made clear that it was not being sponsored by any politician to disparage the president.