The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi chapter, on Tuesday promised to support the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof Yemi Osinbajo in the 2019 presidential election.
Mr Isreal Alonge, the chairman of the council, made the promise in Lokoja after the “First Kogi Youth Solidarity Walk For Buhari/Osinbajo, Next Level 2019, tagged: “Let’s Do It Again For PMB/Osinbajo”.
Alonge said that the APC led Federal Government under the leadership of President Buhari had performed very well especially in the area of youth empowerment programmes and infrastructural development.
According to him, Buhari has empowered many Kogi youths under its Social Investment Programme (SIP) such as N-Power, Market Moni Cash Transfer, Home Grown School Feeding, STEM, among others.
“This youth solidarity walk is to tell President Buhari that Kogi youths are in full support of his regime and we are assuring him of our votes in 2019.
“We are doing it again for Buhari and Osinbajo, and particularly for assenting to the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill”, thereby enabling more youth participation in the electoral processes.
Alonge added that the event was also aimed at sensitising Kogi youths on the need to shun violence, thuggery and other vices before, during and after the general election.
“We are also educating our youths to see reasons why they should come out en masse to exercise the civic right by casting their votes rightly.
“We are assuring the people that we shall have peaceful elections in the entire Kogi and Nigeria at large in 2019,” Alonge said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the solidarity walk kick-started at Youth House, Phase 1, and terminated at Government House Lokoja.
The youths were received by some Government officials led by Mr Edward Onoja, the Chief of Staff to the Governor.
In his remarks, Onoja commended the youth for the initiative and for reaffirming their unflinching support for Buhari and Osinbajo, saying they have made the right choice.
Onoja reiterated that Gov. Yahaya Bello, a youthful governor, and President Buhari were committed to youth-oriented programmes which had reflected in their appointments and programmes.
According to Onoja, over 12, 000 Kogi youths who have no connection or godfather, are currently benefitting from the N-Power Programme initiated by President Buhari.
He added that the APC Federal and Kogi Governments, have performed excellent well in terms of infrastructure, youth empowernent, economy and fighting corruption.
He said that the 2019 presidential elections was between the ‘good’ and ‘evil’, while commending the youth for pitching their tent with the good; Buhari and Osinbajo NextLevel 2019.
Onoja, therefore, promised that Gov Bello would fully incorporate the youth into the 2019 APC campaign election program, tagged: “Operation Win Your Polling Unit”.
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