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Delta youth not carried away by Chibok girls’ release

17 October 2016, 10:05Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NYDC) said the release of the 21 girls from Chibok should not detract government and the public from the problems of economic recession, militancy in the region and the unrest in the North East.

Emmanuel Ogba, National Coordinator of NYDC, said the federal government should think of how to revamp the economy as Nigerians were facing hardship and most people not having food.

Ogba faulted the present fight against corruption by the Buhari administration, saying it is lopsided and challenged the government to make public what has been recovered and how the money was being used.

Also read: We stayed without food for one month, 10 days - Chibok Girls

He also faulted the federal government’s position to create additional three percent Value Added Tax (VAT) to the current five percent , with the three percent set aside for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the north-east of the country.

The NDYC coordinator warned such move could cause more agitation in other parts of the country such as the Niger Delta where the people are dying daily as a result of the “militarization” of the area.

He claimed this was under the guise of fighting militants who are agitating for the development of the region.

Ogba’s sentiments come days after 21 of the more than 200 schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted in 2014 were released.

He urged government to step-up efforts to release the remaining girls from captivity. 

- CAJ News


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