Some youths in Borno State operating under the aegis of the Borno All Progressive Congress (APC) Youths Vanguard have told Governor Babagana Zulum to withdraw his ‘miscreant’ statement against them or face the political consequences.
The youths accused the Governor of tagging them as miscreants in a recent statement despite working tirelessly to bring him into power.
The spokesperson of the group, Ibrahim Hassan who addressed journalists about the development submitted that it is wrong for the governor to have blamed them for insecurity in the state.
Describing Governor Zulum as their father, he said they are responsible youths who have nothing to do with insecurity and Boko Haram, urging the governor to withdraw his statement.
Hassan highlighted further that though some bad eggs among them might have pushed the governor to make the statement, the blanket statement does not describe them at all.
He said: “We have been political youths right from NRC, UNCP, APP, ANPP and APC, we ever are responsible political youths and law-abiding citizens. Yes, we agreed there are some bad eggs among us but he should not generalize that we are miscreants. We are responsible party men and women.”
He added that they have laboured politically and also suffered in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists, observing that they have no reason to join those opperesing them as suggested in Zulum’s statement.
“We are speaking on behalf of the remaining youths. We are APC that suffered a lot at the hands of insurgents, some of us were killed, maimed, suffered a lot of physical and psychological trauma, We see no reason why we should be joined with Boko Haram as the cause of insecurity or insurgency in the state”.
Another member of the youth vanguard, Yakubu Dan Alhaji, who spoke in a similar way said: “We have been working hard for the victory of the party right from the inception of democratic government in 1999. only for him to reward us with this statement, we are not happy but yet appealing to him to withdraw this statement except if he is saying that he brought himself to power.”