Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Coalition of youth groups from the six states of the North-East sub-region that include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States has joined the call on the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello to aspire for the presidency in the 2023 general elections under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The call on Yahaya Bello by Coalition is coming on the heel of the call by other national groups and organisations across the country asking him to consider aspiring for the exalted presidential office having served out his constitutional two terms as Governor.
The call was made by the Chairman of the Coalition, Alhaji Salihu Magaji when he led other members of the various groups to address a press conference at Zaranda Hotel in Bauchi on Sunday.
The reasons for the call according to Salisu Magaji is that Governor Yahaya Bello is youth who is an energetic, focused and charismatic leader that believe in uniting the country for sustainable development.
He also said that the Kogi State Governor as a charismatic leader has a vision of addressing all of the socio economic and political challenges facing the country in order to have peace ,Unity and stability of Nigeria.
He further commended the Governor, for his foresight and patriotism explaining that it is high time for the youth to lead this country.
The Coalition Chairman added that, “when you look at the people eying the presidential seat, no politician took such drastic initiative, rather they are all bent on overheating the polity along myopic and tribal sentiments that could lead to loss of lives and property through hatred utterances and inciting statements that instigates violence and hatred speeches that could divide the country apart. ”
He also said that Their declaration of support for Governor Yahaya Bello is not a mere aggrandizement,” but taken to encourage the young Governor to sustain the tempo in order to keep Nigeria as one which he has demonstrated so far”.
“The young and energetic Governor has shown that there is hope and integrity in the young people in Nigeria’s political terrain to move the nation forward. Governor Yahaya Bello is setting the space and leading the forefront of the next political atmosphere come 2023.We will all queue behind him and join forces with him to retire these old brigades who have held this country to ransom”, he added
According to Salisu Magaji, “The leadership of the Arewa youths coalition who are agitating for the overall development of the region has commended the leadership style of Governor Yahaya Bello for his tireless efforts for coming out to address national issues to end nepotism, colonialism, power drunk and old method of holding future of our great Nigerian youths to ransom”.
He said that, “ I recalled when there was dispute between leaders in the North and South which led to the blockage of foodstuffs to the South, We are indeed impressed with Governor Bello’s bold step and peace initiative to stabilize our co-existence as people from different nationalities within 24 hours. It seems to be a miracle, in fact, God raised him to be the nation’s Savior from it’s different challenges”.
“The wading in of Governor Yahaya Bello in the imbroglio that would have caused a sour taste in our mouths as a nation would have been devastating and catastrophic if not Governor Yahaya Bello for his brave, sensitive approach, which brought understanding between youths in Northern part of the country and their counterpart in Southern part of the country, for the timely intervention of Gov Yahaya Bello who Initiated the dialogue process to bridge the grievances of the Northern foodstuffs traders and the cattle traders in the south and engage both parties to shield their sword for the peace and unity of the nation”, he enthused.
He declared that, “We did not hesitate to support Governor Bello’s peace initiative and we are ready to partner with him to foster peace, equity, justice, unity, love and fairness for our country. His (Bello) action was never expected to settle the dust the food blockade protest would have cost the peace of the country and overall economy in the midst of second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that, “We saw the situation of food blockade embarked upon by northern traders to the south, and it was really degenerating within the days it lasted. This was not a good sign for the unity of the country”.
The Coalition Chairman said that, “We were also concerned on the untold hardship this action caused in the lives of Nigerians. Particularly those in the south, and not until Governor Bello took it upon himself to broker peace as he successfully convinced those who went on the protest”.
“We are highly elated and delighted to show our heartfelt gratitude on the amazing and selfless service you are rendering to Nigerians from the North to South, East to West, geopolitical zone.The vision you have for Nigeria is clearly seen on your aim of uniting this country and for all Nigerians to have a sense of belonging, and we have seen this act of statesmanship in your moves to stabilize Nigeria as you have just done in this foodstuffs traders blockage saga and the good governance of peace and security and bridge building wish you have brought to Kogi State within this period of you being the Governor of the State”, he concluded.