As President Muhammadu Buhari marks one hundred days in office, youths from the North, under the aegis of Arewa Youth Forum, have lauded his style of leadership, saying he has made a lot of institutional reforms since he assumed office on May 29, 2015. A statement issued by its President, Gambo Gujungu noted that institutions that were hitherto, moribund, have suddenly found life and are now functioning.
Gujungu gave an instance of the NNPC, EFCC, Police, Military, Electricity and others as institutions that are now working because there is a new Sheriff in town.
According to Gujungu, President Buhari has, in the last 100 days, shown great commitment to the New Nigeria project and given Nigerians hope that Nigeria can be great again.
The AYF, however, called on Mr President to appoint youths into his government, with a view to grooming credible future leaders that would take over from him and his generation when their job is done. The Forum further called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the stoppage of the dredging of River Niger, saying the dredging would create thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the youth.
The youth commended Mr President for the achievements of the military in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents so far, even as they urged him to put in place measures to rehabilitate the people and reconstruct the region at the end of the insurgency.
“We want to commend and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his 100 days in office. Although 100 days is too short a period to assess an individual or administration, yet we cannot ignore some of the signs or indicators of change we have witnessed under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last few weeks.
“Our institutions are now effective and functional! Civil servants are now taking their jobs seriously because of fear of Buhari. Discipline and culture of prudence are gradually becoming part of us again. Mr President has given us hope that Nigeria can be better again.
“We call on Nigerians to be patient with Mr President and give him all the necessary support to take Nigeria to the Promised Land. He needs our support to be able succeed. We can see that the President is genuinely committed to putting Nigeria back on track.
“Finally, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to try as much possible to unite this country, by balancing the various religious and ethnic interests in the country. His appointments reflect a reasonable level of balance. Above all, he should carry every part of this country along and give them sense of belonging,” Gujungu said.