Possible reasons why the north appears to be angry with President Goodluck Jonathan emerged, yesterday, with a revelation by the President of the Arewa Youth Forum, Gambo Gujungu, that the north has been marginalised by the government.
Speaking exclusively with Vanguard, Gujungu maintained that they would no longer tolerate the continued exclusion of the region from major government development and empowerment programmes, which appear to have been skewed in favour of the Niger Delta.
Beyond that, the youth leader described as unacceptable the growing poverty and underdevelopment in the North that have given rise to anger and violence, thereby stalling the economy of the region with the Federal Government doing little or nothing about it.
The Arewa leader said: “We are really angry with this government because we feel marginalised in its scheme of things.
“We are all Nigerians who should be treated fairly and equally by the government but a certain section of this government has been adequately taken care of while the rest languish in abject poverty.”
He said the lopsided distribution of amenities and opportunities has given the impression that the Presidency is catering for a certain ethnic group in the country to the detriment of the rest.