Nigerian youths have been tasked to actively participate in the emergence of credible leaders in the 2023 elections.
This charge was given in Kano State when young professionals on Thursday, announced the launch of the Green Nigeria Movement (GNM) 2023.
Speaking at the event, Convener of the GNM and Chairman of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF), Moses Siasia, said the movement is geared towards mobilizing young people across the country in preparation for the 2023 election to raise over 10 million votes for their chosen presidential candidate.
While noting that the choice of Kano State was strategic given its political relevance, Siasia worried that the younger generation has been the worst hit by socio-economic problems fuelled by bad leadership.
“If you go to our prisons today, you will see a large number of young people.
“As young people, we need to form a common front to pursue a collective goal for this country. We must bring people together to ensure that we install a true leader as President in 2023,” he said.
On whether the Movement has pencilled down any of the known presidential aspirants to throw its weight behind, the convener posited that the GNM will support a technocrat and a season professional.
“The time for traditional political professionals is over, now it is time for professionals to take over the political scene and give hope and motivation to the Nigerian masses,” he added.
He added that the GNM will deploy a robust strategy and SWOT analysis to choose its preferred candidate.
Anti-corruption activist and Founder of Follow The Money, Hamzat Lawal, who is also a Co-Convener of GNM, said the Movement will mobilize women and youths across the 774 local government areas in the country to gather 10 million votes to determine who becomes president, governor and other elective positions.
“We shall make Nigeria great again. We will not support analogue people again, but digital leaders who have achieved success and have identified with the aspirations of the common masses.
“We need a new set of true leaders, we need technocrats. We want to see a new President that will bring the needed growth and sustainable development. Nigeria needs help,” he said.
Also lending his voice to the course, Temitope Runsewe, Managing Director of Dutum Company, one of the leading construction and engineering firm in Nigeria, urged the youths to get their PVCs in anticipation of the elections.
Other young professionals at the formal launch of the GNM included Abdulmalik Lamido, leaders of civil society groups around the country and other high ranking members of the social enterprise space.
The GNM is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF, which aims to among many other goals, identify a credible presidential candidate and throw its weight behind the candidate by mobilizing massive votes across the country.