LOKOJA- The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has charged Governors and other political leaders to emulate governor Yahaya Bello of kogi state over his youth inclusiveness in his government.
This is as the youth conferred on him the Doyen and Mentor of Nigerian Youths award in recognition of his support for advancing the cause of the Nigerian youths.
While presenting the award to the governor on Wednesday in Lokoja, the President of NYCN, Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo urged those in authority to prioritise the inclusion of youths in their government to stem the tide of youth restiveness across the country.
Amb. Sukubo added that no Government in the country have given the youths a voice like Governor Yahaya Bello adding that aside from the domination of his cabinet by youths, he had severally given youths the enabling environment to thrive with several pro- youths legislations, initiatives and programs.
He assured the Governor of the unalloyed support of NYCN members across the country.
Responding, Governor Bello said he was humbled to have been recognized by the National youth body as the ambassador of the Nigerian youth.
He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent appointment of a 40 year old Mr. Bawa Abdulrasheed as the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) described the appointment as a genuine love by the President for the Nigerian youths.
The Governor however expressed pain and worries over the rising intolerance by ethnic and religious groups in different part of the country.
He lamented that the drifting of the country into lawlessness and anarchy is worrisome and appeal for all hands to be on deck to arrest the ugly trend.
The Governor who is unhappy with rising insecurity in the country, said the youths who are being used to perpetuate these acts are also victims of the dastard situation as the end result is poverty and underdevelopment.
He said most conflicts are fueled by politics played by some self centred politicians who would throw up ethnic and religious sentiments in order to win elections.
The Governor however called for honesty in addressing the social inequalities in the Nigeria Society, affirming that courage and forthright leadership are required in tackling evolving concerns of Nigeria.
Bello hinted that his administration inherited a largely divided Kogi state with several communal and ethnic conflicts as well as displacement of people from their homes, saying he has in five years been able to unite the state.
He noted that in Kogi State, love, peace and togetherness have been established irrespective of tribe, religion or social class whether indigenes or visitors noting that the tool for conflict resolution was the political will not to play one tribe, religion or locality against another.
He however warned them not to yield to the antics of some politicians who are bent on demining certain ethnic tribe to cause unrest and charged them to hold their leaders accountable to their electoral promises.
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