Youths across the country have solidly thrown their weights behind President Muhammed Buhari’s economic policies just as they added that the present economic challenges as expirienced by the country may just be a blessing in desguise.
The youths who came out in their thousands under the umbrella body of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) further stated that they are comfortable with the economic team under the leadership of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo with eminent persons such as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele and the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun just as they thanked them for their efforts towards rebuilding the economy.
Presenting the solidarity message to the representative of the Minister of Finance and Director of Information, Salis Nainna Dambatta at the gates of the ministry yesterday, leader of the solidarity march and president of NYCN, Comrade Murtala Garba said that the youths are aware of the situation the present administration met when they came into office, he however said that this was not time to be aportioning blame to anyone.
Comrade Garba said” At this point, it will be out of place to blame anyone for our economy woes. Poverty is not selective of its victims. Mismanagement of our commonwealth has been on from time immemorial. Now is the time to move forward. A recession like this is a blessing in disguise if we do the right things promptly. Nigeria’s population is growing at 2.8% annually. The GDP has to increase in like manner.
“There is need for us as Nigerians and young people to appreciate the effort of our leaders who had been striving hard to end the current economic challenge. We salute the doggedness and courage of the present administration for the various policies put in place to arrest the situation. As young people and leaders of the Youth Council, we own the responsibility to support government efforts at making life better for the citizens and also condemn government where necessary.”
While restating youths unflinching sopport to the administration, he said “Nigerian Youth are in total support of government’s initiative on diversification of our economy. We wish to say that more attention needs to be given to massive agricultural programmes capable of reigniting the production of cash crops such as cocoa, coffee, cotton, cshew nuts, groundnuts etc, for export with improved added value to enable the generation of adequate revenue.
“We also wish to say that Government should not think of ‘devaluation of naira’ as a measure to end this economic recession because the constant devaluation of baira since 1985 to date has been helpful in redressing the distortions in Nigeria’ economy. These seems not to be any gain derieved from successive devaluation of naira because the nation’s export base in both agriculture and manufcturing is weak and cannot generate the needed forex on the short run.”