By Charles Kumolu
SOUTHERN Young Leaders have called on governors of southern states to close ranks irrespective of political affiliations, saying that young people in the region would support a mass movement aimed at solving key challenges in Nigeria.
They also said that plans have been concluded to sensitise youths in the Southern part of the country on the need to get their Permanent Voters Card, PVC, in order to have a robust participation of young people in the 2019 general election.
This position was contained in a communiqué issued at the Southern Young Leaders summit held in Enugu.
The communiqué read: “All young leaders from Southern Nigeria are hereby put on notice that mobilisation would cut across higher institutions, religious establishments, women groups, and youth advocacy groups for the collection of Permanent Voters Card, PVCs, for a robust participation in the 2019 election.
“We also call for a more sustainable strategy for democratic inclusion of young people in Nigeria’s current political process and structure ahead of 2019 general election.
“Southern governors must come together irrespective of their political affiliations to redefine and rejuvenate economic integration in Southern Nigeria.”
“The Southern Young Leaders have decided to arise and strengthen the relationship with Rex Tillerson, the United States Secretary of State, who served in Southern Nigerian during his days at Exxon Mobile and understands the challenges in the region.”
Those at the event include Speaker of Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Mr. Luke Onofiok; a former governorship candidate in Bayelsa State and Chairman of Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, Mr.Moses Siasia; and immediate past President of Ijaw Youth Council, Mr. Udengs Eradiri among others.