By Ebriku John Friday
Ahead of 2023 presidential elections, the Coalition of Northern Nigerian Youth groups comprising Northern Youth Council Of Nigeria (NYCN), Association Of Northern Nigerian Students (ANNS), Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC), Arewa Youth For Good Governance (AYGG) under the auspices of the Northern Nigerian Peace Foundation (NNPF) have endorsed Senator (Dr) Orji Uzor Kalu for president.
Dr Kalu, who was the former governor of Abia is currently the Chief Whip of the 9th Nigerian Senate.
The northern youths passed a vote of confidence on Dr Kalu in a statement signed by leaders of the group, Amb. Zarewa Salisu Sageer (National Coordinator), Amb. Abu Bature Dandume (National Secretary), Comr. Muhammad Yakubu Arigu (North Central Coordinator), Amb. Amos Ishaku (Coordinator North East), and Amb. Adamu Kicinga (Coordinator North West)
The statement reads, “We are Coalition Of Northern Nigerian Youth groups comprises Northern Youth Council Of Nigeria NYCN, Association Of Northern Nigerian Students ANNS, Arewa Youth Consultative Council AYCC, Arewa Youth For Good Governance under the auspices of the Northern Nigerian Peace Foundation with the sole aim of advancing Good Governance, National Unity, Promotion of Religious Tolerance for the peaceful existence and the overall advancement of socioeconomic development of Nigeria.
“Out of our curiosity and positive thought, it has become absolutely imperative to write and urge his Excellency, the former Governor of Abia State and the current Chief Whip of the Senate, Distinguished Senator (Dr.) Orj Uzor Kalu to contest for the 2023 Presidential election as we believe that, he has the leadership acumen, capacity, dexterity and contacts to govern a complex nation like Nigeria.
“We believe that his personality, foresight, leadership style and experience will bring lots of development and prosperity to millions of Nigerians.
“Nigerians must also know that the goodwill, respect, honour and popularity enjoyed by him across the nation is because of his undying influence and love for the unity and development of Nigeria.
“We believe that honour is reciprocal and that if a man is honoured by his people, it will only be right for the one that is honoured to also honour those that honoured him. The best way Dr Orji Uzor Kalu can reciprocate the immense goodwill, respect and honour given to him by Nigerians is to heed to this call to contest the 2023 presidential election as we hope that he will make it to the number one position in Nigeria and chart a new course for our nation through purposeful and selfless leadership.
“Finally, we are with the view that Nigeria would never attain prosperity without check and balance in our democratic process. Thank you sir as we humbly wait for your kind response.”