Some youth leaders in Bayelsa State have supported the call by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations to boycott this year’s Democracy day celebration scheduled for June 12.
They say there is nothing to celebrate as the country is going through an unprecedented economic and security crisis that is threatening to scuttle the hard-fought democracy.
To register their displeasure over the unfortunate events in the country, they called on Nigerians to join series of mass actions in different parts of the country on May 26 and speak out against the worsening state of insecurity.
They revealed that Nigeria has lost over 2000 citizens to insecurity in the first quarter of 2021 alone which is disheartening and should not be allowed to continue.
Speaking to our correspondent in Yenagoa, the assistant secretary of the Ijaw Youth Council central zone, Prince Gabriel expressed displeasure over the state of the nation, saying the decision of the CSOs is in order.
He said the Federal Government needs to rejig security apparatus and fight the bandits head on in order to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“The security situation is worsening day in and out. The people can no longer trust the government that ought to take proper responsibility to protect the people.
“I support the decision of the CSOs without fear or favour. The government should not be negotiating with criminals who are killing people everyday”.
Also, a youth leader and public commentator, Zuofa Egberipou said despite running a democratic system of government, the country is polluted with undemocratic trends such as terrorism, kidnapping and banditry.
“These CLO’s are in line. If they boycott the Democracy Day celebration, it will send a strong message to the leadership of this country that Nigerians are not happy.
“The government should not be seen negotiating with bandits, but fighting them head-on. The leadership of this nation needs to address the people of this country and reassure them of their safety.”
He also called on the government to probe alledged corruption of the security agencies, as a lot of money has been pumped into security but Nigerians are yet to see the dividends.