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  • Updated: February 18, 2024

Economic hardship: Arewa youth president names politicians to be held responsible

Economic hardship: Arewa youth president names politicians t

Zaid Ayuba, National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Council, has stated that the country's economic woes cannot be entirely attributed to former President Muhammadu Buhari while revealing other politicians to be held responsible.  

Ayuba maintained that the current president, democratic presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar'Adua, Goodluck Jonathan, Muhammadu Buhari, and others should all be held accountable for the nation's economic woes.

The Arewa leader voiced his thoughts in an interview with Punch He claims that several of the economic initiatives implemented after 2015 have been mistakes.

He maintained that the economic policies, particularly those implemented during the current administration and under Buhari, are to blame for the worsening of the insecurity in the north.

“This is a political question, and we are not a political organisation. However, all democratic leaders in Nigeria from (Olusegun) Obasanjo, (Umaru) Yar’Adua, (Goodluck) Jonathan, (Muhammadu) Buhari to (Bola) Tinubu have all been responsible for the economic problems of Nigeria, but since 2015 till date, some of the economic policies of the past and this current administration are blunders. 

"This is because, as a youth leader representing the youths in the 19 northern states, some of these economic policies especially during the tenure of President Buhari and the current government are the reason behind the escalation of insecurity.

“Looking at it not only from the economic angle but also from social, religious, and political angles, you will realise that the closure of borders without the provision of other alternative ways for the citizenry will amount to several problems and increase suffering. 

"People who are complaining that President Buhari laid the foundation of this suffering have every reason to do so. During his tenure, several loans in billions were collected and at the end of the day, they were not accounted for. 

"A lot of policies like the naira redesign by Godwin Emefiele and the closure of borders have caused loopholes in the country’s economy.”

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