In Nigeria, a nationwide strike to protest the end of fuel subsidies continued for a second day.

Angered by the unceasing destruction of lives and property in the

North-East, Arewa Northern youths, Monday, accused the Presidency and

northern leaders of playing politics with the menace posed by Boko

Haram terrorists.

The aggrieved youths, who met in Kaduna under the aegis of Arewa

Youths Forum, expressed regret that despite repeated assurances,

government had not been able to put an end to the spate of attacks

that had crippled the region and displaced thousands of their natives

into neighbouring countries.

The executives of AYF, who reviewed the state of insurgency in the

three northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, noted with dismay

that the terrorists had been able to move about freely and slaughter

no fewer than 500 persons and sent over 100,000 others into exile in

Cameroun, Chad and Niger republics in the last few weeks without any

serious challenge from the security agencies.

The National President of the AYF, Alhaji Gambo Gujungu, who released

the communiqu? of the body to Newsmen in Abuja, said the youths were

convinced that the issue of Boko Haram insurgency had been politicised

by the Presidency, northern governors and religious leaders in the

country.

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