The Yoruba Youths Congress (YYC), a socio-cultural group, on Tuesday announced its endorsement of Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate.
Olalekan Hammed, the National Leader of the group, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.
Hammed said that the group believed Buhari was good enough to fly the APC presidential flag, having considered his past records.
“Retired General Buhari is an attested disciplinarian who was able to curtail corruption during his regime as the Head of State of the nation between 1983 and 1985.
“His landmarks as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) are also still very evident in tertiary institutions of learning in the country,” he said.
According to Hammed, the group also considers and appreciates that the former head of state did not increase petroleum pump price during his tenure.
The group, however, urged Buhari to reserve 40 per cent of his appointments for youths if he was elected as the president in 2015.
“The youth have come a long way and we have seen the need to be given the chance to offer our ideas for the growth and development of this nation,” he said.
Buhari, a former Military Governor of the defunct North Eastern State, was also a one time Federal Commissioner for Petroleum Resources.
Buhari was a former leader of the Congress for Progressive Change which later merged with other parties to form the APC.