Youth Council blasts C’River APC Lobby Group over misleading Youth Summit
By Kelvin Obambon
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has blasted the Cross River State All Progressives Congress Lobby Group over an attempt to mislead youths in the state by tagging its summit as “Cross River State Youth Summit”.
State Chairman of the NYCN, Comrade Dan Obo, while reacting on Wednesday to the forthcoming “Cross River State Youth Summit” billed for the 19th of February 2022 in Calabar, lampooned the organizers of the event, saying it is an infraction on the integrity of Nigerian youths which should not go unaddressed.
Obo said there was a fundamental problem with the event which necessitated him to draw the attention of Cross River state youth, Cross Riverians and the organisers alike.
“The said problem is with the tag of the event, ‘Cross River State Youth Summit’ billed for the 19th of February.
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“The so-called Cross River State Youth Summit is not a political meeting for the entirety of the youth of Cross River – both those who are indigenous to and resident in the state. It is a summit for Nigerian youths who are members of the APC. To tag an APC youth event a state youth event carries a subtle attempt to cajole Nigerian youth into buying into the wares of the APC as a political party.
“Mind you, as the leader of Cross River youths, I am not legislating on which political parties Nigerian youths should identify with. Of course, youth can identify with any political parties of their conviction and choice but, neither those who have nor any political party should cajole likely gullible Nigerian youths into thinking that the Cross River State Youth Summit is a state youth summit, whereas it is an APC State Youth Summit.
“So, the organisers of the said event which were inaugurated on 27th February by the APC national youth leader, Alhaji Ismaeel Ahmed, should label their events accordingly as it is done in other states and geopolitical zones –it should be APC Cross River State Youth Summit not, Cross River State Youth Summit”, he said.
The Chairman warned the organizers to desist from bandying a pan-Cross River youth tag in the state, stating that it is a deliberate but, cunning attempt to deceive Nigerian youths in the state to buy their political wares.
Obo therefore dissociated the Council from the so-called “Cross River State Youth Summit” on the premise that the event and organisation is not inclusive, but divisive of Nigerian youths resident in and indigenous to the state.
“It is divisive because it doesn’t carry along youth of every political divide and even within the ranks of APC youth it’s unfortunately divisive.
“NYCN in Cross River frowns at any attempt to arbitrarily divide and rule Nigerian youths to their disadvantage but the unwholesome benefits of their traducers.
“NYCN in Cross River cautions every youth in the state to be careful of political jobbers way beyond their generation who are masquerading as youth but are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
“NYCN in Cross River charges youth to be firmly united, because united we stand, divided we shall suffer”, he submitted.
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