The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development, Hon. Segun Adekola, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of deeply entrenched in human rights abuses.
The lawmaker, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Ekiti South Federal constituency I, said that the N6.08 trillion budgetary proposal presented by Buhari would be difficult to fund, saying the dwindling oil revenue cannot sustain this staggering amount.
Adekola, while speaking in Ikere Ekiti yesterday, during an empowerment programme for 500 people in his constituency and flagging off of a skills acquisition programme, Adekola scored Buhari zero in human rights protection.
Adekola, who distributed Sewing Machine, Grinding Machine, Generator worth millions of naira, said the empowerment became imperative as a fulfillment of his electioneering campaign and way to reduce unemployment ravaging every stratum of the country.
He said the alleged selective way Buhari has been prosecuting his anti-corruption war , culminating in the arrest and detention of many PDP chieftains who served under ex-president Goodluck Jonathan attested to the level of human rights abuses being perpetrated under his government.
“You can see how opposition figures were being arrested. Sambo Dasuki, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Attahiru Bafarawa and many others were members of the PDP. Is President Buhari telling Nigerians that no APC Ex-governors stole during his time?
“So, President Buhari scores zero in human rights protection. For him
to show that he is serious with the anti-graft war, he should arrest people like ex-governor Rotimi Amaechi and many other APC chieftains having cases to answer”, he said.
He urged President Buhari to declare emergency in agricultural sector showing efforts to diversify the economy and bring Nigeria out of the current economic doldrums occasioned by the slumping of oil price from 115 to 38 dollars per barrel in the international market.
“The President can even bring back programmes like Green Revolution, Operation Feed the Nation and many other Agric programmes to just bail us out of this economic quagmire and sole dependence on oil as means of survival”.
The lawmaker, who described youth unemployment as a time bomb waiting to detonate, posited that “Dunlop and Odutola tyre making industries and many others have relocated to Ghana and South Africa because of epileptic power supply.
“President Buhari must face issues of electricity supply with practical approach. One cannot imagine the losses we have suffered and millions of employment we have lost through the relocation of these industries.
“It was Agriculture that Chief Obafemi Awolowo used to develop the Southwest, so we have to go back to it if Buhari is very determined to achieve his focus.
“I know FG is putting up efforts to redirect our economy, but they need to take more practical and feasible steps”.

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