The Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has expressed its opposition to the proposed removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria.
The group threatened to ensure mass civil action across the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The youth council, which represents the interests of young people in the northern region of Nigeria, raised concerns about the potential impact of such a move on the already struggling economy and the Nigerian people.
In a statement issued by the council’s president, Isah Abubakar, the group expressed its fear that any palliative measures put in place to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal would be looted by corrupt individuals, just like the COVID-19 intervention funds.
The council called on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision to remove fuel subsidy, arguing that it would only lead to an increase in the cost of living for average Nigerians who are already struggling to make ends meet.
They also urged the government to focus on implementing policies that would create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
“We cannot afford to have another round of hardship inflicted on the Nigerian people, especially the youth who are already grappling with high unemployment rates and lack of opportunities”, Abubakar said.
The council warned that there would be severe political consequences on those who are conspiring to throw Nigerians into avoidable crisis, warning them to remember how some powerful governors were humiliated in the recently concluded election and understand that power now rests on the thumbs of Nigerians and that Nigerians won’t forget.
Vowing to resist any attempt to remove fuel subsidy, NYC called on other youth organizations across the country to join in the fight to protect the interests of the Nigerian people.