2023: Arewa youths ask Dangote, Otedola, others to join presidential race

…Shehu Sani reacts

Northern youths, under the aegis of the Arewa Youth Assembly, have called on prominent private sector players to come to the nation’s rescue by joining the 2023 presidential race.

The Arewa Youths stated this in a statement on Friday, titled: “Private Sector Players to Join the 2023 Presidential Race,” jointly signed by the group’s Speaker, Mohammed Danlami, and National Clerk, Desmond Minakaro.

According to them, Nigeria needs the managerial acumen and leadership skills of citizens such as Aliko Ɗangote, Femi Otedola, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and many others, who have made success for themselves in private ventures, noting that these Nigerians in the private sector have the managerial acumen and leadership skills to lead the country.

They said, “The knowledge and experience an entrepreneur acquires from business exposes him to noting how government affects the private sector, which is the power source of economic growth that propels improvements in living standards of citizens.

The northern youths argued that the business of leading Nigeria should no longer be abandoned to the present crop of politicians and urged Nigerians not to be swayed by gifts of money and foodstuffs by politicians come 2023.

In the statement, Arewa youths pointed out that political leadership should not be left to the present crop of politicians.

The statement reads partly: “In a country like Nigeria that has great and intelligent minds with positive reputations all over the world, the likes of Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Bode Augusto, Segun Agbaje, Fola Adeola, Tunde Folawiyo, Atedo Peterside, Kola Adesina, Aliko Ɗangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga, Akinwumi Adesina, Herbert Wigwe and Aig-Imoukhuede, who are boardroom Czars with vast wealth of knowledge on entrepreneurship, why let Nigeria be run by others who lack such knowledge?”

Stressing that Nigeria’s economy would do well under any of these names leading the country, the youths noted that they are already an employer of labour and will create employment.

We are calling and pleading with the successful private sector players to join the 2023 presidential race, they need to stand up and be counted,” they added.

Meanwhile, the likes of Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC; Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu; Anyim Pius Anyim; Dave Umahi, Ebonyi State governor; former Senate President Bukola Saraki, have all declared to run for the presidency in 2023.

However, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is yet to declare his intention, but there are indications that he would join the race.

Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, former Kaduna-Central senator, Shehu Sani, urged Dangote to ignore the youths and concentrate on completing his refinery.

In a tweet, he wrote: “Dear Dangote, ignore those northern youths dragging you to politics; concentrate on your refinery. Make work no come stop”.

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