A coalition of professionals from all the 19 states of Northern Nigeria are drumming support for Senator Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
In a press statement they jointly issued yesterday in Abuja, one of the groups, Northern Christian Youth Professionals (NCYP), stated that, “Our vision is simple – To improve the socio-political status of Christianity and the socio-economic status of Christians in Northern Nigeria. Thus, our mission is:
to actively involve Northern Christians in Nigeria’s politics.
To implement a new pathway for the participation of Christians in Northern Nigeria’s politics.
“This is why we are here today to celebrate a fellow Northern Nigerian Youth, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, PhD; who is a former 2 term member of the House of Representatives who represented Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State from 2015-2019, and now the current Executive Director of Federal Housing Authority (FHA).
“Dr Abdulmumin Jibril is a man of tested and proven capacity having commenced his political career as the coordinator of Support Groups which contributed immensely in the reelection of President Olusegun Obasanjo. No wonder he was appointed as the Director-General of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Group Management Council.
“There is no doubt that Abdulmumin’s choice to support the ambitions of Bola Tinubu to become the president of Nigeria further justifies Hon Abdulmumin’s preference of nationalism over tribalism.”
Speaking further the group said, The Northern Christians Youth Professional have no doubt that Hon. Abdulmumin has the required experience to deliver on this mandate by harmonizing the potentials of the thousands of the support groups to get the Jagaban to Aso Rock in 2023.
Now to the man of the moment – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu the man who personifies the epitome of the politics of ‘’One Nigeria’’. For instance, Bola Tinubu built a political party – Action Congress (AC) in Lagos state 2006, it later metamorphosed into Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and successfully broadened it into a Regional Party in the South West. By 2015, he fused Action Congress Nigeria with other parties in the North and the South East of Nigeria to form APC.This did not only grow to become a strong national party, but it elected the first progressive president – President Mohammadu Buhari – a feat that we Northern Christian Youth Professionals (NYCP) proudly identify with.
Nigeria’s dwindling oil prices, falling exchange rates, budgetary deficits and the ever-growing prices of basic commodities like tomato, pepper and pure water would certainly need the ability of a person like Bola Tinubu who successfully created a financial machinery that grew the Internally Generated Revenue of Lagos State from 14.6 billion Naira in 1999 to 128.2 billion Naira in 2021.
Now let us talk about how this concerns us – the youths. In the 1990s, the streets of Lagos were taken over by the Agberos (thugs), extorting money from the people, mounting roadblocks in places like Idumota – the business hub of Lagos and by extension Nigeria. Tinubu took the Agberos off the streets, transformed them and brought them back to transform the very streets they were destroying. The Agberos did not only transform their lives, their activities in organizations like the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, to mention a few, also contributed immensely to this Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of Lagos State that is being celebrated nationwide today.
In the same vein, Nigeria is facing tremendous insecurity issues today in the form of banditry, kidnappings, terrorism, cybercrime, and armed robbery amongst others. We cannot deny the fact that these are issues caused by unemployment and poverty.
Bola Tinubu has demonstrated his ability to transform Agberos into highly productive Nigerian citizens. We believe that he can do it again, particularly in the North. He can transform the bandits, kidnappers, terrorists and armed robbers into productive Nigerians too; an effort that will not only guarantee us peace but also eliminate our current economic concerns.
In this regard, the Northern Christian Youth Professionals is calling on the APC delegates particularly those of the northern extraction to ensure that BAT gets the ticket as the Presidential Candidate, which will eventually get us into villa in 2023 by the Grace of Almighty God. Amen.
As Christians, we put our faith in God in everything we do and we never forget to present our case to our Heavenly Father in prayer.
In the coming weeks, we will be organizing different online and local prayer programs, calling on Northern Christian Youths across Nigeria and in the diaspora to pray regularly for Bola Ahmed Tinubu to get an opportunity to serve and improve the lives of Nigerians in the capacity of the President.