By Kingsley Agim
The wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Ayade has charged youths of the State, nay Nigeria, to contribute meaningfully to the nation’s political debate and channel their energies to causes that would engender societal development.
Dr. Ayade gave the charge when speaking at the inauguration of Chapter Executives of Cross River Youths for Ayade and Atiku (CRYFAA) Campaign Group held 6th November, 2018 at College of Health Technology, Calabar. The First Lady said instead of exhibiting vainglory on social media, it is important that youths take advantage of the vast reach of the social media to lend their voices on critical issues affecting the nation in a bid to effect the desired change.
Congratulating the newly-inaugurated Chapter Executives of CRYFAA, Dr. Ayade enjoined them to get to the nooks and crannies of the State in sensitizing the people on the exercise of their franchise, and more importantly, voting rightly. The First Lady, who described youths as the trustees of posterity, further remarked that rather than grousing about poor performances and fallibilities of people in power, they (youths) must begin to use their voting power as a critical mass in selecting the right leaders.
In a goodwill message, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation and Member CRYFAA Board of Trustee, Mrs. RoseMary Effiom Archibong applauded the vision, adding that in politics, energetic, wise, focused and dynamic youths are needed to galvanize the change from the quagmire bedeviling the nation. Mrs. Archibong further asserted that Ayade and Atiku are both tested, proven and deserve the support of the youths, adding that these two men have been divinely positioned to take the State and Nation to the pedestal dreamt of. The Commissioner congratulated the new Executives and all other youths who came to aggregate wisdom, ideas and energy that Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade is coming back as Governor and Atiku Abubakar coming on board as President of Nigeria.
In another goodwill message, the Secretary to the State Government of Cross River, Barr. Tina Banku Agbor lauded CRYFAA for coming together in solidarity for the return of Governor Ben Ayade back to the Government House and the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as President respectively in 2019. The SSG said the governor’s unprecedented track record and achievements in three-and-a-half years, evidently visible across the State, stand him in good stead to be returned to the Peregrino House.
Earlier in his address, the Director-General of CRYFAA, Comrade Esuong Uwase, stated that the combination of Prof. Ben Ayade and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will plunge the State and Nation back to economic prosperity, adding that the emergence of CRYFAA is both timely and a step in the right direction. Comrade Uwase said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has produced candidates in Ayade and Atiku, who are replete with the wherewithal to govern us at State and Federal levels, describing them as compelling choices for Cross River State and Nigeria. The event also featured a novelty football match and presentation of certificates to the newly sworn-in Chapter Executives.