A Social-Political group in the Niger Delta Region, Urhobo Monitoring and Development Group, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to save the country’s ailing economy from sliding into total collapse.
The National President of the group, Mr. Prince Oberuruaria, told journalists that Nigerians are hungry, noting that the economy needs proactive measure to prevent its eminent slide into recession.
Oberuruaria stated that there was nothing wrong for a government to wage war against corruption but the same attention should also be accorded to the nation’s “dying economy where the average Nigerian can hardly afford a meal per day”.
The Urhobo group also observed that the All Progressives Congress-led federal government was “not doing enough” to tackle the economy, reminding the government that hunger knows no political or religious affiliations.
“Fighting corruption is good but the revival of the economy needs greater attention in this present time, where the average Nigerian can barely afford a meal in the present circumstances. The truth is that Nigerians are hungry and you don’t need a soothsayer to know”, UMDG boss said.
On what efforts the government was making so far to raise the living standard of the Niger Delta, Oberuruaria said, “We observed that the government diversification is mainly concentrated in the north, nothing so far in the south, especially oil-rich Niger Delta.
“The renewed militancy should not be excused for our exclusion. We have not heard anything about the revival of Delta Steel Company Aladja since President Buhari took over. Government needs to support the full take off of EPZ Ogidigbe. All these should be the palliatives to appeals the people of the region,” Oberuruaria concluded.