Hundreds of youths under the aegis of Northern Youth Forum on Saturday donated N2 million to President Goodluck Jonathan as their contribution towards his purchase of presidential nomination form.
The Coordinator of the Forum, Engineer Bello Gambo Bichi announced the donation at a rally in support of Jonathan’s re-election in Kano on Saturday.
He said the decision to donate the money was borne out of the forum’s resolve to support the re-election of the president under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.
“We decided to support Mr. President with this token amount to enable him purchase the nomination form for the presidency.
“The youth 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.
Mr. Bichi reaffirmed the commitment of youth in the north to support President Jonathan’s ambition for the second term.
He called on the president not to relent in his effort toward ensuring peace, unity and development in the country.
In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, charged youth in the country to avoid 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”, he said.
“As youth, 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 commended the youth for the gesture and assured them that the federal Government would continue to come up with programmes aimed at improving their socio-economic status.
“The president had wanted to come and grace this occasion personally if not for some pressing national matters”, he said.
Also in his remarks, the Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna, 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.
The occasion was attended by prominent personalities including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali and the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Rufa’i Alkali, among others.