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.
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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