Sunday, November 8, 2015 5:54 pm
By Eromosele Ebhomele.
National Youth Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abdullahi Maibasira, has expressed deep concerns, on behalf of the party, about method adopted by the Federal Government in the handling of the agitation for Biafra.
Maibasira said his party was not comfortable with President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the restive youths in the South-south and South-east geo-political zones. The party also urged the President to personally intervene as the matter affects the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
The recent agitation and protests by the youths began with the recent arrest of one of the directors of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. The PDP said it is concerned that the Federal Government and its agencies have failed to approach the situation with the inclusiveness and seriousness it deserves, but have instead been resorting to the use of security forces.
The party also said: “President Buhari and his party should be held to account for the escalation of the agitation, which threatens the unity and national security interests of Nigeria as an indivisible entity.”
It urged the ruling party to ensure and guarantee an inclusive administration that will promote harmony among all sections of the country while noting the “seemingly lack of any clear-cut policy direction that concerns the development, mainstreaming and inclusion of young people in the country by the Federal Government.”
It recalled the APC campaign promise to generate and give three million jobs annually to Nigerian Youths.
“ The fact that none of the President’s ministerial appointees confirmed by Senate is below 40 years also puts to question APC’s belief for the next generation of leaders, mentorship and transfer of responsibility. So far, the resultant effect of this lack of clear-cut policy is the stagnation of the economy and laying-off of thousands of people from their jobs. Rather than the use of force as an option which usually fails as a solution in this type of self inflicted socio political problem, President Buhari should as a matter of national interest and practical necessity, make haste to call representatives and leaders of the South East for discussions before the situation deteriorates,” the party said urging President Buhari and his party to know that sidelining any section of the country is bound to generate unhealthy relations among all integral parts of the Nigerian people.
“We urge President Buhari to see himself as the father of the nation and try to open his heart to all by carrying everybody along and through that, create enabling environment for peace, progress and development in the interest of all,” the party said