Bassey Inyang in Calabar
A group operating on the aegis of Nigeria Professional Youth Vanguard (NPYV) has disclosed that two million Nigeria youths in the country will be engaged in advocating for the former Governor of Cross River State to run for presidency in 2019.
The Chairman of NPYV, Chief Peter James, disclosed this yesterday in Calabar, Cross River State, during a media parley tagged: ‘Donald Duke for Stability Peace and Progress.’
James said the time has come for Nigerian youths to take over the affairs of the country and that there was also need for someone to put back the stability and peace of the country.
“There is need for someone to put back the stability and peace. Nigeria needs Donald Duke to bring it back to where it was before. Two million Nigerian youths are ready to sign up for Duke to contest for president in 2019, and he must contest whether he likes it or not.
“It is time for the youths to take care of Nigeria, we are going to send a clear message to Nigerians that we are not going to sit and allow people destroy our future. It is time for the south and the youth to take care of the country,” he said.
Speaking on zoning, the Chairman said: “On the zoning level we are aware of that but it is not all about zoning, it is about competence and Nigerians know it as a fact that Donald Duke is capable to change Nigeria and it is hundred percent sure that Duke will run for presidency.
“I think that the North and Cross Rivarians have had a cordial relationship. I know as a fact that if tomorrow they needed to choose from the South, they will be comfortable with Cross River State. Duke is a very detribalised person.”
In the same vein, the Special Adviser on Youths to the state Governor, Mr. Godswill Osim, charged the youths to take their destiny in their hands by working towards re-positioning the country.
Osim tasked youths saying, “It is time for the youths to build their own catel. It is time for us to take what belongs to us. Nigeria needs young and vibrant minds to take up leadership and that person is Duke.”
Speaking with journalists on the sideline, after charity visits to primary and secondary schools in Calabar to donate writing materials to mark Democracy Day in Nigeria, the Coordinator of NPYV, Princess Ayi said the objective of the group was to write the wrongs in society by taking the lead as ambassadors.
“What we do is pick up the ills in our society for those things we think are not right and for those things people think there is nothing they can do about it, this youth group has decided to say no! Yes! something can be done about it. And we don’t stop from speaking, we take the lead, we do our bits.
“The business is for all. It is not all about government. the people are involved so NPYV say if this is what they can do to make the world a better place, to put a smile on some people’s faces then we will do what we can do to save lives,” Ayi said.