As 2019 general elections gathers momentum, a group of northern youths under the umbrella of Confidence Christian Youth of Northern Nigeria (CCYNN) have kicked against the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and endorsed the candidature of former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This formed part of the resolution following discussions by the concerned youths who gave the present administration red card during their end of year annual congress held in Kaduna at the weekend.
According to a press statement issued and signed by Mr Bala Isiyaku and Mrs Adah Godwin, coordinators, Northwest and North Central zones respectively and made available to newsmen yesterday, the youths lamented how the government which was voted into power following the promises made to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians, particularly the youths, eventually subjected them to more pains and anguish.
The group who expressed disappointment with APC government under the leadership of President Buhari and concluded that there was no basis for comparison with the immediate past administration led by former President Goodluck Jonathan in all ramifications.
They recalled that prior to 2015 general elections, “APC had accused Jonathan government of corruption” with negative effects on the wellbeing of Nigerians and pledged to eradicate it. Consequently, the party was elected and voted out the PDP.
The group argued that, “Even when there was corruption, there was food on our table. Little did we know that the worse was on the way when we voted for APC, a party that has subjected every home to hunger arising from abject poverty occasioned by unemployment, contrary to their promise.
“The amount of AK47 in the hands of one ethnic group that kills other people unchecked and preventing farmers from going to farm in Nigeria today is more than what we ever imagined.
“It is on record that Buhari increased fuel pump price to N145 per litter with a promise to use the subsidy to improve the economy and better the lives of Nigerians who were deceived to accept the proposal but rather, the government has succeeded in increasing our suffering as nothing happened positively since the past three years.
“Is there any corruption that is worse than these but why have Nigerians failed to protest against the present government or can we still blame Jonathan, even though those people that have refused Nigerians to farm are not from his tribe or political zone.
“In view of political and economic development in Nigeria, the Confidence Christian Youth of Northern Nigeria has totally disagreed with the return of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration”, the angry youths declared.