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Relations souring between Nigeria youth, government

ABUJA, October 3 – The tensions characterizing Nigeria’s government and youth in the restive Southeastern parts of the country are worsening as the country marks 57 years of independence.

The milestone was celebrated on Saturday and Sunday but shunned by the Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL).

BNYL dismissed the official speech by President Muhammadu Buhari, who was quoted as blamed the South East leaders for allowing the Biafra agitation to escalate in recent years.

BNYL deputy leader, Ebuta Ogar Takon, said the president, his government and northern leaders were to blame for marginalising the people of former Eastern region.

“We are surprised that a president would trade blames with the political leaders in the outside his home zone, instead of blaming past leaders, himself, his government and northern leaders,” Takon said.

He said the recent military deployment in the southeast should have started from the north against the Arewa who gave sack notice to the Igbo.

The Hausa hardliners initially gave Igbos in the north an ultimatum to move out of the north by last Sunday.

The ultimatum was later revoked.

The Hausa, constitute the largest tribe in Africa’s most populous country of over 190 million people.

Igbo are third behind the Yoruba.

– CAJ News

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