By Olasunkanmi Akoni
A group under the auspices of Rescue Nigeria Mission, RenMiss, has urged the youths in the South West region of Nigeria to support the 2023 presidential aspiration of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello inorder to ensure vibrant representation in changing the political narrative of Nigeria in the interest of the masses.
The group, along with thousands of youths from across the six states of the South-West, gave the urge on Saturday, when they converged on Lagos to boost support for Governor Bello 2023 presidential bid, as well as the need for Bello to contest in the poll.
RenMiss which insisted that it was Bello or no other person for President in 2023, vowed to rewrite what they described as “Nigeria’s political history” of “recycling old, tired politicians”, vowed that they were ready to also disgrace money bags with their money.
The group, affirmed that like their counterparts in the Northern states, they were ready to mobilise heavily for the Kogi State Governor no matter what happens within his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
South West Coordinator of the youths, Shola Saheed, speaking at the South West Zonal launch and induction programme, stressed that; “We are excited today that all our youths are keying in. As we speak today, over 20 million youths (PVC holders), at home and abroad, are already actively involved in the struggle to install our own, Governor Yahaya Bello, as President. Others are already trooping in.
“We are set to change the political narrative, rewrite political history of Nigeria. We will not listen to godfathers (‘Baba sope’), we will collect their billions if they bring it, but we assure you, we will put Yahaya Bello there with our numbers. Bello is the only man in the race who can fix Nigeria myriad problems.
“Don’t ask me how we will do it. Just watch and see how we would rescue this nation resolutely and peacefully.”
Sajeed maintained that the youths’ involvement in politics was not tied to any political party, noting that with the capacity Governor Bello had displayed in Kogi State and within his party, they would queue behind him to rescue Nigeria.
“Mark today’s date. This is the Lagos declaration of Nigerian youths for Yahaya Bello. We will say we said so after his inauguration in 2023,” he noted.
The Chief of Staff to Bello, Abdulkareem Asuku, who was invited to witness the South-West declaration, commended the youths for their unflinching support for his principal and promised that he would not let them down on the call on him to contest.
He said, “Governor Yahaya Bello is the face of the youth in the Nigerian government system. Kogi State is the centre of Nigeria, being the only state bordering 10 states, including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Hahaha Bello came on board as governor and governed Kogi State without a porous border.
“The economy and Internally Generated Revenue, IGR of Kogi State tripled within the short period. Such a man who has been able to transform the economy of Kogi State, unite the people and fix security issues in record time is the man Nigeria needs.
“The South-West youths of Nigeria are here in Lagos to call for a replication of what is happening in Kogi State in the larger Nigeria. Thank you for standing by the truth. Only the truth can address the challenges of Nigeria,” he affirmed.