Buhari government side-lining north, favouring southwest - Arewa youths

Buhari government side-lining north, favouring southwest - Arewa youths

- The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum said the Buhari-led administration has not engaged in quality project

- The group said only the southwest has benefited from the administration

- The president of the Arewa group claimed the north has been short-changed so far

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of short-changing the north while the southwest is benefitting massively.

In an interview with Nigerian Tribune, Yerima Shettima who is the president of the group said only the southwest has benefitted both in terms of appointment and projects.

Shettima said the All Progressives Congress has done badly in terms of projects and that in the little that has been done, the southwest has taken the lion share.

He hinted that Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing has been constructing roads in the southwest while ignoring the north.

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Shettima said: “The railway project was a Jonathan-led government’s. He executed almost all; it was only at the inauguration of the projects that he left office. The APC-led government inherited it. Nobody should take us for fools. They should not ride roughshod over us. Tell me one policy or projects that this government has introduced since it came to office in 2015; the project it has succeeded in executing and inaugurated. There is none at all.

"Tell me the road project it initiated, completed and where it is located? Is it the project it used to milk the country; the ones it is doing in favour of the South-West? You talk about the road between Lagos and Ibadan; the road that is being worked on from Lagos through Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ore and Benin to Onitsha? Tell me, which road project is being constructed in the Northern part of the country? Tell me one place you have a good road network in the entire North.

“All they have succeeded in doing is the wayo wayo that our brother is there (in power). They are just short-changing the North in terms of the provision of roads and infrastructure. They do more in the southern part of the country at the expense of the North. You don’t care. You put your bother in some positions to give the wrong impression that you are taking care of the interest of the North, whereas the so-called super minister is favouring his people and going about campaigning everywhere that their people must remain steadfast and that power will come back to them, that is, the people of the Southwest, in 2023."

According to the group, more than 70 per cent of the resources of the country has been cornered for the southwest even in the federal budget.

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Shettima said there were glaring evidences that shows that the southwest has benefitted more than other regions. He said: “The evidence is everywhere; it cuts across everything; in all fronts, including the economic. Everything is working over there (South-West). Nothing is working in the North. What you have here (North) is all forms of criminality, poverty and neglect; even in major political appointments.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the financing of the Gurara Hydro Power Project II by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to the tune of one billion dollars.

The minister of water resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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