- President Muhammadu Buhari's second term bid continues to generate reactions across the nation
- Former Niger Delta militants have frowned at the declaration of interest by the president
- The group which claimed to have worked for Buhari in the 2015 elections, said it has withdrawn support for the president
Ex-agitators under the aegis of National Assembly of Ex-militants (NAE) have frowned at the declaration of interest of President Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term in office, saying Nigerians could not afford another four years of poverty ridden administration.
The group which claimed to have worked for Buhari in the 2015 elections, said it has withdrawn support for the president, reiterating that the present administration had brought infectious poverty, abandonment of supporters and insincerity to develop Niger Delta region.
Vanguard quoted the acting national coordinator of the group, Ibifuro Pureheart, as saying: “Buhari’s alleged pursuit of ethnic agenda had left Niger Delta youths poorer than he met them, whereas the president focused more on developing northern youths at the detriment of their counterparts in the Niger Delta region.
“The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, was left in the hands of the members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to polarise the youth of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the region. The president has shown enough disdain for those who worked for him while patronising his political enemies.
“We cannot afford another four years of Buhari’s poverty ridden regime or else we would all die. The poverty being spread currently brings hopelessness and death upon fellow citizens. It is time we tell Nigerians the truth. Even though the president had our support, we are now calling on the people of the region to chart a new course.
“Buhari has disappointed us, we spent our fortunes to bring him to power, we invested our psyche and emotions yet, we have nothing to show for it. With our PVC, we are ready to sack him in 2019. Power resides in the citizens and we shall sustain the campaign to boot Buhari out of office in 2019. He’s a huge failure and it is time to bring a more trustworthy leader on board.”
Meanwhile, the deputy national publicity secretary of the ruling APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has asked President Buhari to apologise to Nigerian youths over his comments that the country's young population are lazy but wanted free things.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Thursday, April 19, the APC chieftain said the president's comment cannot be justified because the government has not given the youth opportunity to serve, hence there was no need to demarket them at an international event like Commonwealth Business Forum.
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