Coalition of Youths from the North-eastern part of Nigeria has called for the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello to stand for 2023 presidential election.
The Youths from the six states of the region that included Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe State.
Chairman of the coalition Alhaji Salihu Magaji made the call when he led members of the groups to address a press conference at Zaranda Hotel in Bauchi.
The call for Governor Yahaya Bello to join the 2023 presidential race is coming on the wheels of other national groups and organizations asking him to consider the office.
Magaji described Governor Yahaya as an energetic, focused and charismatic leader who believed in uniting the country for sustainable development.
According to him, the charismatic leader has a vision of addressing the socio economic and political challenges facing the country in order to have peace, unity and stability.
He commended the Governor, for his foresight and patriotism and explained that it’s high time for youth to lead this country.
The youths concluded, “We would all queue behind him and join forces with him to retire these old brigades who have held this country to ransom”.
“We do 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 the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We saw the situation of a 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”.
“We were also concerned about 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 for 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”.