Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has dismissed a statement credited to Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) that “majority of Nigerians are languishing in abject poverty and penury.’’
The group said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja that such a statement does not reflect the current realities in Nigeria especially as regards the developmental strides of President Buhari.
BMSG’s statement was signed by Messrs Austin Braimoh (Chairman) and Chief Cassidy Madueke (Secretary).
The group reported that the statement was issued on Sunday in Kaduna and signed by AYF National President, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu.
It said the statement claimed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has performed below expectation and called for the reshuffling of the cabinet to get rid of officials whose loyalty and performance are in doubt.
BMSG said, however, that “It is obvious and unfortunate that the young fellows did not make enquiries to ascertain the current status of the issues they raised or match them with latest facts and figures before going to town’’.
“We advise the youths to take note of the various initiatives of the Buhari administration towards solving the myriad of problems besetting the country which he met on assumption of office in May 2015.
“We also remind the youths that despite the lean financial resources President Buhari inherited, he still enunciated several policies and programmes aimed at bringing succour to Nigerians.’’
The Buhari’s group recounted the recovery of huge sums of stolen public funds through the fight against corruption, the successful degrading of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and the deliberate policy of economic diversification which has resulted in a significant increase in federal revenue are some of the achievements of President Buhari.
It said, “Furthermore, The present administration’s initiatives such as the N-Power programme, School Feeding programme, conditional cash transfer programme and the anchor borrowers programme have continued to impact on the Nigerians, especially, the youths, just as they are worthy of commendation.
“It may also interest AYF to know that the administration has revived the railway sector with a railway masterplan that traverses all parts of the country, as well as the construction and rehabilitation of most major road networks across the country,’’ BMSG said.
The group advised members of AYF to liaise with the National Bureau of Statistics and other relevant agencies of government to update their knowledge with facts and figures as it relates to the performance of government in various sectors so as to make better informed decisions and public comments.