From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
A group, under the aegis of North Central Coalition for Leadership (NCCL) has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State not to agree with the status quo to jettison his ambition for 2023 Presidential race.
The National coordinator of the Coalition, Williams Charles made the appeal at the weekend while fielding questions from Journalists in Lokoja
According to him “We cannot continue to mortgage our future into the hands of the old order. People who have not been able to come to terms with the demands of the 21st Century and contemporary times, delivering technological development as obtained in other parts of the world, where the Youths are taking over leadership positions in governance.”
“Gov. Yahaya Bello should take a cue from the just concluded Ugandan presidential election where Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) a 38 year old youth shock Ugandan politics and gave Yoweri Museveni the 76 years old Ugandan President a run.”
“The popular parlance “Youth are the leaders of tomorrow” is the biggest scam of the century to keep Youths away from participating and aspiring for high political offices.”
“As a matter of fact, power is not given, it is taken and like the popular passage in the holy book that says, the kingdom of God suffers violence and only the violent takes it by force.”
“We are angry in our spirit. We have been undermined, beating down to the background, and so we say enough is enough. If we are waiting for these men to hand us power, it would be an endless wait. Power is taken, and this is the reason I’m calling on all Nigerian Youths to support Gov. Yahaya Bello when and if he eventually accepts to contest the 2023 Presidential election.”
” While not undermining the old, we need them around, as a guide due to the working experiences they have garnered over the years, but they should be at the background supporting the youth. Williams said.
The National Coordinator, noted that many countries are now making use of their youths in their highest echelon of governance, identifying such leaders as Justin Trudeau was 44 years old when he became Prime Minister of Canada.
Others are Emmanuel Macron 40 years when he became the president of France. Carlos Alvarado Quesada was 39 when he became president of Coaster Rica . Jacinda Ardern became president of New Zealand when she became 39 years old.
He added that Gov. Yahaya Bello whose age falls within this age bracket should be supported by all lovers of Democracy and Development to have a shot at the presidency.
“While not undermining our core objective, which is to produce a president from North Central, group called on Gov. Yahaya Bello to ignore the calls and pressure being mounted to jettison any of such ambition, but heed the calls of numerous groups to declare for the President in the 2023 presidential election to avoid mass protest by the youth.”