The Presidential Aspirant of the National Conscience Party, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese played host to about fifty youths from the Congress of Young Intellectuals (CYI) yesterday in his campaign secretariat in Akure.
The youths who cut across various fields of human endeavour were led by the Ondo State Coordinator-General Mr Victor Fapetu, a lecturer at the Rufus Giwa Polytechic Owo.
In his opening remark, Mr Fapetu thanked Dr Ikubese for being the first Nigerian young person to declare to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 24th July 2017. He described him as a trail blazer in youth advocacy and good governance in Nigeria as his wake up call on Nigerian youths to get involved in the political process is beginning to yield fruits.
He therefore appealed to Dr Ikubese to join the Congress of Young Intellectuals and be a major stakeholder therein for the betterment of the nation.
On his part, the student-wing leader of CYI in Ondo State, Mr Ijanusi Olawale who showered accolades on Dr Ikubese for being a blessing to the Nigerian state pledged that the CYI will mobilise support from the student constituency across all the tertiary institutions in Nigeria for the realisation of the 2019 Presidential aspiration of Dr Ikubese, because according to him, therein lies the salvation of the nation.
The Ondo state Secretary of CYI, Mrs Yemi Owei in her speech thanked Dr Ikubese for coming up with solutions to Nigeria’s problems in his manifesto and giving women a place of pride in the Nigerian polity.
She said Nigerian youths are no longer ready to be leaders of tomorrow that may never come, but are now ready to be leaders of today.
Responding, Dr Ikubese thanked the delegation for finding him worthy of their confidence and accepted the membership of CYI, pledging to work with the organisation to birth a new functional Nigerian state.
According to him, “Nigeria is about the most blessed nation on the surface of the earth, both in human and natural resources. The major problem we’ve had over the years is that of leadership. If we can get our leadership compass right, this nation will be the pride of the black race”.
He promised to provide that missing link in 2019 when voted into power.
According to Ikubese, “within six months of the inauguration of my government, this nation shall begin to enjoy uninterrupted power supply. It’s an insult for a nation of over 180 million people to depend on Kainji Dam which was built in 1964. Rather, we shall encourage each state to generate its own power using gas turbines and empower them to distribute same without passing it through the National Grid”.
Ikubese said government is not rocket science. According to him, all that is needed to turn Nigeria around is to vote in selfless, visionary young leaders across board.
The Congress of Young Intellectuals in made up of youths from all works of life and has chapters in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.