Former Minister, Former Commissioner, Political affairs, Peace and Security, and Anap Foundation’s GoNigeria advocate, Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, has called on Nigerian youths to actively participate in the country’s electoral process as their unity and a strong commitment to a better nation can be achieved through their votes in the upcoming 2023 elections.
Dr. Suleiman asserted that the youthful population in the country if devoted to a common cause could make the future bright for them by voting candidates of their choice in next year’s general elections that can uplift the country from the ills plaguing it.
According to the erudite lawyer who currently serves as the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, “Nigerian youth, all united, with a common goal can change the future of this country. But, first, register, collect your PVC, and vote,” she stated.
The Anap Foundation advocate is hinging her optimism towards this game-changer in line with INEC’s statistical data that over 1.2 million out of the 1, 731, 618 Nigerians that have completed their registration in November 2021, are young people between the ages of 18 and 34.
This is as Anap Foundation kick-starts its enlightenment campaign, themed GoNigeria, a campaign to sensitize and encourage Nigerian youths which form over 60 percent of eligible voters based on INEC’s statistical data to be actively involved in the 2023 general elections.
Corroborating the position of Suleiman, Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank + President & Founder, Anap Foundation, Mr. Atedo Peterside, advised young Nigerians to visit the INEC portal to register or request to update their voter’s information before they complete the process physically at designated centers before INEC’s June 2022 deadline, as well as ensure that they collect their voter’s cards ahead of the elections to enable them to participate in the electoral process leading to the election of visionary leaders during the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Anap Foundation will be partnering with the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] and other advocates, celebrity ambassadors, corporate bodies as well as volunteers in ensuring a huge success is attained in encouraging the youths in understanding that their votes count in having the right leaders at the country’s helm of affairs.
The campaign is in full gear with the initial advocates of Anap Foundation, who have intensified efforts at encouraging young Nigerians to register and collect their PVC to vote in next year’s general elections towards ensuring good governance and accessing the true dividends of democracy.
The initial advocates are Aisha Yesufu, Active Nigerian Citizen; Nuruddeen Lemu, Director, Research & Training, the Da’wah Institute, Islamic Education Trust; Dike Chukwumerije, Poet; Folarin Falana (Falz), Musician, Actor, and Entertainer; Atedo Peterside, Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank + President & Founder, Anap Foundation; Bishop Matthew Kukah, Catholic Church, Sokoto; Arunma Oteh, Chairperson, Royal African Society and Scholar, University of Oxford; Hamzat Lawal, Founder, Connected Development (CODE); Tomiwa Aladekomo, National Chair, Youth Party; Osita Chidoka, Founder UnlockNaija, Former Minister, Aviation & Corps Marshal FRSC; and Dr. Tony Rapu, Medical Doctor and Pastor.
Others include ‘Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, EiE Nigeria; Muhammad Ali Pate, Professor of Public Health Leadership at Harvard, Former Minister and former World Bank Global Director for Health; HH Muhammad Sanusi II, 14th Emir of Kano & Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniya Order; Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, Former Minister, Former Commissioner, Political Affairs, Peace and Security; Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, Chairman, Tertiary Education Trust Fund [TETFUND] and President, King’s College Old Boys Association; Ayisha Osori, Author; and Ibrahim Dahiru Waziri, Former DMD NLNG/GED of NNPC + House of Rep. member in 1983 at age 25.