Niger governor says 2023 must be about young, vibrant, educated Nigerians
*Rallies support for The Nigeria Agenda
Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that the 2023 presidential race must be about the emergence of young, vibrant and well educated Nigerian leaders.
The Governor made this remark while hosting the advocacy team of The Nigeria Agenda which was on an advocacy visit to the State.
According to the Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, the 2023 presidential race must usher an era of rapid social and physical development in the country and this can only be realised through the emergence of young, vibrant and highly educated President and other elected officials.
He said: “To achieve this, all political parties are enjoined to make sure only young, vibrant and educated candidates emerged on their respective platforms. This has become important because of the need to deliberately tap into the large population of young Nigerians that are highly educated, vibrant and have impressive records of experience in government, and capable of unlocking the potential of the country for rapid social and physical development.”
The Governor also expressed his support and enthusiasm for the issues and values being canvassed by the advocacy team of The Nigeria Agenda.
In response to the call by the Convener of The Nigeria Agenda, Ahmad Sajoh, for Nigerians to imbibe values that strengthen national unity, cross-ethnic and religious bonding and good neighbourliness, the Governor said: “The Government of Niger State supports the values being propagated by The Nigeria Agenda and will actively back the national conversation the advocacy team is engendering among Nigerians.
“The messages of unity and politics devoid of ethnic and religious biases in the country as being amplified by The Nigeria Agenda are germane to strengthening the country and facilitating a class of leadership that will reflect the diversities of Nigeria and aggregate our differences for positive development rather than the needless conflicts that had characterised and distracted us collectively in our journey to a highly developed economic, social and political nation,” the Governor added.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mohammed Idris, who is an active member of The Nigeria Agenda advocacy group, while introducing members of the visiting advocacy team, had highlighted the historic role of the group as it makes to trigger a Nigerian social and political renaissance through citizens’ sensitisation.
“At the heart of the advocacy of The Nigeria Agenda is the objective of facilitating linkages between citizens and leadership recruitments. And in so doing, enable an empowered and we’ll motivated citizens that can make leadership accountable to them,” Idris said.