By Stephen Adeleye
Following the official declaration of His Excellency Yahaya Bello, to honour the call of Nigeria Youths to contest for the presidential election come 2023, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi State Chapter, has continued its campaign for GYB2PYB emancipation.
It would be recalled that in 2021, the state NYCN under the leadership of Amb. Ogohi Usman, had embarked on a tour across the 21 Local Governments in the state and further extended the tour to interstate across the North Central States.
In his opening remarks in Kaduna on Friday, the host state Chairman of Kaduna NYCN Chapter, Bagudu Nathaniel, expressed his delight in having the NYCN delegates from Kogi State, noting that the chapter has fared well under the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.
According to him, the quest to support the GYB2PYB candidature for the 2023 presidential general election is simply born out of the capacity shown by GYB and the transformation projects carried out in Kogi State.
He further added that he is quite sure and positive that when GYB becomes PYB, the total transformation he brought to Kogi will be replicated in Nigeria, with the issue of security in view.
Earlier, the Kogi NYCN Chairman, Amb. Ogohi Usman, urged Nigerian youth to be united in taking over power in 2023, saying, “power, as we all know, is not given but taken without violence”.
According to him, bringing out and supporting a candidate is only the beginning of an election process.
”Hence we must know that if our voices must be heard through the candidature of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, who has finally harkened to the call of Nigerian youth, we must all come out in our strength and voices to support him till the very end.
“At the time GYB became Governor, Kogi was groaning and bleeding, Kidnapping and armed robbery were twin crimes that gained notoriety, making it one of the most unsafe and insecure in the country.
”Though, a situation he inherited, he didn’t bulge, but it was his first test and he grabbed the bull by the horn by now making the state the most secure place in the country.
“With an emphasis on five thematic areas covering health, infrastructures and utilities, public service and pension reforms, education and youth engagement, GYB was able to structure plans, programmes and policies of the government which all his giant stride projects were driven and implemented”. he said.
Usman further stressed that surely the time is the youth’s 0′ clock and it’s the time for youth to take their future into their hands through the capable leadership of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, who like the late Abiola who played borderless politics.
In their various responses, the State Chairmen from Kano NYCN, Awwalu Moh’d and Jigawa NYCN Chairman, Aliyu Yahaya lauded the credible achievements in Kogi and the bold step taken to lead the Presidential race for all Nigerian youths.
They further stressed that his achievements are speaking for him already, adding that the network chain of the NYCN across the 36 states including FCT would be put to proper use.
Similarly, former executives of the council and appointees of Governor Bello, Hon. Israel Alonge, Hon. Emmanuel Isah, Rahinat Muhammad and others, emphasised on the achievements of GYB in the state and how Nigeria especially its security challenges can be transformed as he did in Kogi State.
The highlights of the tour were questions and answers sessions, goodwill messages from critical stakeholders, and speeches from National Delegates from APC Youth wing in Northwest.