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Arewa Youths Back Pastor Adeboye, Slam Buhari For Comparing Nigeria To Saudi Arabia

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for comparing Nigeria’s price of buying fuel with that of Saudi Arabia.

AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima said Buhari had no basis to compare Nigeria with Saudi Arabia.

Speaking with DAILY POST, on Tuesday, Shettima noted that Saudi Arabia has a better welfare package for its works, unlike what was obtainable in Nigeria.

The AYCF National President, however, stated that Saudi Arabia pays only N50 more in the price of petrol than Nigeria.

He also urged the Buhari-led government to be lenient with Nigerians in terms of policies.

According to Shettima: “You can’t compare the welfare of Saudi Arabia with that of Nigeria. The minimum wage in Saudi Arabia is far more than that of Nigeria. They are getting almost N300,000 while we here are just talking about ten percent or less.

“Even with their minimum wage, the difference in pump price of fuel between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria is just N50.

“But for whatever reason, government must be seen to be lenient to Nigerians because we deserve better than where they are today.”

He also emphasized on the need to restructure Nigeria.

Shettima warned that Nigeria was at the verge of collapse, if it’s not restructured.

He issued the warning when asked to respond to the call by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye that President Muhammadu Buhari should restructure Nigeria.

Adeboye had said Buhari should restructure Nigeria to prevent the country from breaking up.

However Shettima said: “I’m not asserting much importance because Adeboye spoke but because I’m an advocate of restructuring, and we said this years ago that the centre can’t hold, the burden is too much and the centre can’t hold.

“For us to move and make meaning impact, we need to restructure this country, power must be devolved to the regions. Let there division of labour where it’s not everything the centre decides.

“If we allow the centre to continue the way we are going, one day, the centre will just collapse. It’s very clear, everybody knows that the centre can’t hold, and we need to look at it thoroughly and ensure it’s reviewed with the hope of decentralizing the central government so that things will be done right.

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“This American style of government does not favour us, even there, they don’t practice this style of governance. A clear example is what happened between Trump and the governor of New York during the pandemic, so to some extent, the state governors should have their autonomy and do things their way, but in Nigeria, you dear not challenge the almighty centre, if it comes to the issue of policies.”

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