Members of the Northern Youth Forum on Saturday, 25 October, 2014 donated N2 million to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to support his quest for a re-run by purchasing his presidential nomination form from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Engineer Bello Bichi, the Coordinator of the forum, announced the donation at a rally in support of President Jonathan in Kano where he stated that the decision to donate the money was forum’s way to support the re-election bid of the president under the platform of the PDP in 2015.
Speaking at the rally, Engineer Bello said, ‘’We decided to support Mr. President with this token amount to enable him purchase the nomination form for the presidency.
‘’The youths in the north believe that President Jonathan has the country and youth at heart in view of his commitment toward transforming the country,’’ he said.
Bichi also reiterated the forum’s commitment to support President Jonathan’s ambition for the second term as he encouraged the president not to relent in his effort toward ensuring peace, unity and development in the country.
The minister of education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, who was also at the forum implored the youths in the country to avoid being used as political tools in the hands of the politicians to perpetuate acts capable of causing chaos during the forthcoming general election in the country.
‘’Gone are the days when we should take up dangerous weapons during the election.
‘’As youths, you are expected to conduct your affairs peacefully, especially during election in order to ensure peace in our state and the country.
‘’We have a herculean task ahead of us, so you have to come out en masse and vote so as to ensure the success of the party at all levels in 2015,’’ he said.
He also commended the youths for the kind philanthropic gesture shown to Mr president and assured them that the federal Government would continue to come up with programmes aimed at improving their socio-economic status and youth-focused policies.
‘’The president had wanted to come and grace this occasion personally if not for some pressing national matters,’’ he said.
The minister of youth development, Mr Boni Haruna, however commended the youth and said the donation was a clear indication that Northern youths were in support of President Jonathan’s bid to re-contest the presidency in 2015.