- Some youth groups from the Middle Belt region of Nigeria have kicked against President Buhari's 2019 re-election move
- One such group, the National Council of Tiv Youths (NCTY), stated that only people with selfish motives will ask the president to contest in the 2019 presidential election
- John Akperashi, the president of the group, said that President Buhari has failed the nation and is thus not fit for the position come 2019
Two Middle Belt groups have objected to President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposal to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Comrade Emma Zopmal, the president of Middle Belt youth council, told Daily Post that President Buhari's government has nothing to offer Nigerians.
Zopmal said: “We all know the gross violations of extant laws that has made our legal system to suffer under President Buhari. His ambition to seek re-election will tamper with a lot of things in this country. He should just play the gentleman and go home."
Similarly, John Akperashi, the president of the National Council of Tiv Youths (NCTY), said that those calling on Buhari to run for 2019 presidential election have selfish interests to satisfy.
Akperashi stated this this in an interview with newsmen as a reaction to the statement by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, that the President would go for a re-election come 2019.
He said: “If you look at the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, of course, you would not expect him to say anything otherwise just as if you were equally in his position.”
Akperashi further said that for any person to clamour for Buhari’s return in 2019, such a person must first take stock of the president's performance and delivery on his 2015 campaign promises.
He remarked: “Buhari’s administration is one that has failed woefully in the areas of security, protection of lives and property, and governance.
“For instance in all the communities, rural areas and states that the Fulani herdsmen have left their horror, the ugly memories still linger.
“The general phenomenon and accusations by the rural dwellers, whether you like it or not, is that because Buhari is a Fulani, his kinsmen are emboldened to unleash horror, invade ancestral homes and occupy same unchallenged."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Bala Takaya, chairman of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) had hinted that north-central zone would not work with other northern zone in 2019 general elections.
Takaya who said this on Wednesday, January 31, in Jos at a one-day summit tagged Political and Security Situation of Middle Belt: The need for roadmap, said the idea behind this is to the acknowledgement of the north-central as an important region in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that Takaya noted that the recent handshake across the Niger by leaders of the southsouth, southeast and southwest was a build-up to 2019 and reaction to insecurity in Nigeria, especially, in the north-central.
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