Barely 24 hours after leaders from eastern part of Nigeria declared their support for the candidature of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the 2019 presidential election, the middle belt region has also stated its own position.
This is as the Middle Belt Youth Leaders Forum (MBYLF) has thrown its weight behind the second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the forum, Buhari had done creditably in his more than three and a half years leadership sojourn in Nigeria.
The region claimed that before Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, “there was absolute total absence of sanity in our national as well as absence of sense of national pride.”
The National President of the group, Comrade Aaron Adah while addressing the press on Thursday, said the emergence of Buhari had since returned Nigeria to the path of glory.
He specifically said Buhari’s war over insurgency should earn him another term in office.
According to him, “Today, we can proudly say, in spite of the enormity of the challenges, the narrative has changed positively. There are visible signs of our regeneration under the Buhari Presidency. And there is cause to be excited and we are buoyed to also, embolden our leader, Mr. President by canvassing public support for his administration.
“In fairness to Nigerians and the people of our region, we cannot conscientiously say President Buhari has solved all the problems he inherited in Nigeria. He has not even met all the promises pledged to Nigerians when traversed this nation seeking our electoral mandate in 2014/2015.
“Nevertheless, we now see a leadership of Nigeria determined and, committed, which keeps striving every day to improve our lives as citizens of this great country. We see a leader and a government which are more interested in lifting us from the doldrums, than consolidating on the degeneration it met, wrapped in self-serving tales.
“Let’s together look at a few areas the Buhari Presidency has impacted on Nigeria so significantly. It is necessary because these are partisan times and Nigeria is facing another general elections in the next few months to enthrone fresh batch of elected leaders.
“The terrorists brought pains, sorrows, agonies and despair, through their unchallenged atrocious acts and other heinous crimes, resulting into deaths, abductions, violent captivity of whole communities in the Northeast; unchallenged attacks on security formations and erection of serfdoms for hostages, where they held Nigerians in dehumanizing conditions in secret hideouts within our territories.
“We are proud and any other citizen of Nigeria should also express happiness that under Buhari, the 24 LGAs Boko Haram insurgents captured totally and another six LGAs, the insurgents had partial control, and established their peculiar “ Islamic Caliphate, “ with foisted flags have been rescued by Nigerian troops under the guardian ambience of the COAS and Leader of the counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. TY Buratai.”