YOLA — Prof. Usman Yusuf, former Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has enjoined eligible Nigerians especially the youths to register in the ongoing Continuous Voter Card (CVR) registration exercise.
Yusuf gave the advice while speaking at the Maitama Sule lecture series, organised by the Coalition of Northern Groups, Adamawa State chapter Students’ Wing on Monday held at FCE Yola.
The theme of the lecture is: “Re-orientation of the North Signifying the Core Values.”
Yusuf said that it was the constitutional right of the youths to register, exercise their franchise and vote for credible leaders that would contribute to the overall development of the country regardless of ethnicity, religion or region.
“You have the right to bring change in the country by electing credible leaders who can deliver, irrespective of religion, region, and any difference.
“You should not allow yourself to be used against electing credible leaders.
“The current challenges bedeviling the country required the contribution of all to change the narrative towards building a united and prosperous country,” Yusuf said.
He admonished the youths to shun drug abuse and social vices for them to live meaningful and purposeful lives, called on the government to involve community and religious leaders to address issues of banditry and insecurity in the country.
He also appealed to parents to enroll their wards in schools to effectively address social and economic challenges in the northern region.
In his remarks, Dr. Nastura Shariff, Chairman, Board of Trustee, Collation of Northern Groups, urged the youths to champion the development of the north and the country at large.
“It is wrong for you to continue lamentation, you should sit up to champion development of the region,” he said.
Sharif also stressed the need for massive infrastructure, social and economic development programmes to address security challenges in the north.
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