With an economic recession that is yet to abate and a reported lack of direction of the current administration, Buhari's chances in 2019 are being threatened
- Many youths, just like workers and other citizens, are currently not happy with the government and this has been revealed at a town hall meeting
Nigerian youths seem to have exhausted their patience with President Muhammadu Buhari and his government of change.
They have asked the President to prepare to leave the seat in 2019 since his government has brought untold hardship on the people.
At a town hall meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, December 20, the ministers in the cabinet made serious efforts to calm frayed nerves as those in attendance said they were dying of dying of hunger and starvation under the current administration.
They threatened to vote out Buhari in the next election if he does not act fast.
Vanguard reports that at the meeting organized by the ministry of Information and Culture at the Presidential Villa, issues raised by the people concerned the economy, power, labour, security, housing, finance, agriculture, as well as youth development.
During the question and answer session, a Nigerian youth who gave his name as Abubakar from the Kuje Area Council of the FCT pleaded with Lai Mohammed, the information minister to convey his message to the president.
He reportedly said: “Nigerians are hungry. Minister of Information, please, help me pass this message to him: I believe he had the youth in mind before coming to power.
“But it is as if he got to power and changed. “If he has changed, well, we are waiting for him in 2019.”
Ministers who were present at the twon hall meeting include Babatunde Fashola of Power, Housing and Works; Kemi Adeosun of Finance; Chief Audu Ogbeh of Agriculture; Chris Ngige of Labour and Productivity; Zainab Ahmed of (state) Budget and National Plannin; Solomon Dalung of Sports and Youth Development.
Meanwhile, the outcome of the town hall meeting is generating various responses on social media. While some support the call to vote the president out in 2019, others are urging for calm and more patience.
Idreess Khalid Musa wondered: “Who are the so called Nigerian youths? Idiots! Buhari must be reelected come 2019!”
Iduh Anthony said: “I was watching that youth town hall meeting yesterday and I saw that young man say it live. He was not pushed by anybody, he is in Nigeria and he knows what people are passing through. We are waiting for him come 2019.”
Nura I Sodangi said: "I plead with you all to go out in mass and vote Buhari out. Let him once again appreciate the role of youth in Nigerian politics.”
David Mfon Nteke simply asked: "Please is food the only problem of Nigerian youths?”
For Sunny Omoigiafu, the president should not just be voted out but “sweep him out.”
In his own opinion, Michael Ekeh lamented: “Nigeria is the only nation that is orchestrated to administrate not to produce. Nigeria has all the capacity to be productive. Agricultural wise, industrialization should be the hallmark of government.
“The little we manage to produce has been destroyed by our people. All the natural resources are been processed by another country...Our government has failed to address the core issue but chose to chase shadows.”
The government has however expressed confidence that 2017 would be a better year for the citizens.