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Name Looters Now, Youth Council Tells Buhari

The National Youth Council of Nigeria yesterday asked President Mohammadu Buhari to name and prosecutes forthwith the suspected looters of the nation’s treasury. The youths also urged the president to probe the reported intimidation and harassment of the youths during the election of the council officials at the Agura Hotel last weekend.

A combined team of police, DSS and Army at the weekend took over the Agura Hotel, the venue of the council election apparently to stall the exercise. Already, the council in a resolution to mark the world youth day said it has concluded plan to present to the Senate a bill titled ‘ Assets Verification Bill, which when passed into law will empower the Federal Government to take over asset of any Nigerian who under declares his assets.

President of the council, Comrade Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, at a press conference yesterday in Abuja pledged the support of the youths to the anti corruption crusade of president Buhari, He said that the president as a matter of urgency should make public the names of the Nigerian leaders already fingered in the looting of the nation’s money.

According to him, such persons should be prosecuted immediately to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to steal public fund The youths “we support the anti corruption agenda of the president which has started yielding result we encourage the president to name and prosecute all treasury looters and recover the stolen public fund.”

“The surgery on the NNPC should continue until the Augean stable is cleared. The directive of the president to run a single account in line with section 80 and 162 of the 1999 constitution is quit commendable.”

Comrade Ugochinyere urged the president to consider more young people in his appointment , saying that consideration should be given to people between the age of 18 and 35 years to help his administration function better.

According to him, the youths had suffered huge neglect due to the prolong crisis that had rocked the council. “We are happy that we have finally resolved all our problems for the sake of the young people Nigeria and for the sake of Nigeria,” he said.


-Emeka Ekpunobi

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