The United Youth Coalition of Nigeria, yesterday urged a former Minister of Health, Prof Iyorwuese Hagher to run for the presidency of Nigeria in 2019.
The group made the call on the ex-Ambassador to Canada yesterday, through its spokesperson, Engr Robert Chenge.
The group said Prof. Hagher, a playwright and Pro-Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, met their requirements for an effective leader for a diverse and complex Nigeria.
“Our search has so far yielded one such presidential material. He has scored over 90percent of our above set criteria. He is Ambassador Professor Iyorwuese Hagher who hails from Benue State of Central Zone (Middle Belt) of Nigeria that has so far not produced a democratic president.
“We accordingly endorse him to run for president in any party of his choice that will accept our conditions”, the statement said.
The youth coalition stated that Hagher’s choice derived from his varied experience in the academia, Executive, Diplomacy and the Legislature.
The collection of youth groups noted that with Prof. Hagher’s long years of national service in the education, in the presidency, Legislature and diplomatic sectors, he was best suited for the plum job of President of the country.
“Ambassador Hagher is a playwright and distinguished Professor of Theatre for Development. He is the Pro-Chancellor Afe Babalola University, who is passionately committed to good leadership.
“He served as Senator in the Second Republic and two times as Minister. His public service record is unblemished. Above all, he is very humble and believes in youth development and the vision of a greater and united Nigeria. This is type of President Nigeria needs to gain internal unity and global respect. We call on the youth, women and all patriotic Nigerians to support the erudite scholar Ambassador Hagher, to run for the Nigerian presidency in 2019”, the group stated.
The group insisted that to enjoy the support of the group, a party must choose a candidate “with experience living in Nigeria and participating in both Executive and Legislative arms of governance. Other previous governmental experiences at high levels will be considered. A developing country like Nigeria cannot afford a government with a sleepy snail speed that is almost always borne from lack of clarity in understanding complex administrative issues.
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