The Chairman, Plateau Youth Council (PYC), Dr. Fabong Jemchang has expressed dissatisfaction with the activities of the Plateau Youth G17 group in the state.

Speaking to MKB, the youth leader said he respects the right to peaceful assembly but questioned what he termed as the frequent attempts by the G17 group to undermine him as the legitimate leader of the youths in the state.

According to him, the G17 group lacks both the legal and moral right to speak for the entire youths in the state being an interest group and one with political antecedence.

"I find it very ridiculous when I hear G17 speaking for Plateau youths.

"Do they have that mandate? If they do, what mandate does the PYC have?" He questioned.

The PYC which has been existing for years and recognized by civil authorities as the official umbrella body of youths, Jemchang said got its leaders through a Democratic process.

The G17 on the other hand he said is a self-acclaimed youth group with self appointed government.

The youth leader promised to work with all youth groups in the state towards enhanced growth and development but warned against "impersonation" and "overstepping" of boundaries.

The G17 group led by Dachung Musa Bagos has in recent years been in the forefront of campaigns against "anti people" government policies.

It recently staged a rally against grazing reserves and filed a private legislative bill to stop open grazing.

Its activities have however been questioned by many progovernment activists who view the group as being an arm of an opposition political party.

As at the time of publishing this report, a text sent to the G17 leader, Musa Bagos for comments was still to be replied as his mobile line was also switched off.