Citizens Unite mounts pressure on Osinbajo to contest 2023 presidency
Citizens Unite mounts pressure on Osinbajo to contest 2023 presidency

By Umar Mohammed Gombe

Citizens Unite, a pressure group was launched saturday in Lagos with the organisers urging Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to run for president.
The group also launched an app, ‘PYO’ to drum support for Osinbajo as part of their move to mobilize youths to participate actively in the nation's political process.

Speaking at an event held at Sheraton Hotel, in Ikeja, Lagos, Convener of the group, Citizens Unite, Dr. Maryam Shettima, said Nigeria needs a thoroughbred professional, an astute academic, an intellectual and loyal personality like the vice president to be at the helm of national affairs.

Shettima stated that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the man who the Cap fits hence the group's reason for urging him to throw his hat in the race for the consolidation of the good works of the Buhari administration.

She said the group believed that Osinbajo has what it takes to usher Nigeria into a new age and that they would continue to put pressure on him to declare his intention to run.

She stated that at citizen’s unite, “we concern ourselves with the strategic and intellectual bits of national politics.”

Shettima added that working as a Physiotherapist at the State House Clinic in 2012- 2013, she had the privilege of coming across various people in leadership positions and that the vice president stands out in humility, charisma and accessiblility.

“Not only is the vice president a visionary professional technocrat, he is also God-fearing, quick to act, bridge builder, compassionate, down to earth family man with street credibility just as we witnessed with the Trader Money and even more in his visit to Borno on Friday.

“I Am glad to say that after seven years as vice president, Osibanjo’s great qualities has not waned,” she said.

She added: “We are begging him to come out to contest in 2023. He is a detribalised Nigerian, We are putting pressure on him to come out and contest,” Shettima stated.

Also Speaking, Ms Violent Anierobi said Nigeria has had challenges with exodus of its youths to other climes due to lack of confidence in the system.

“Our youths refuse to return home because of corruption. Osinbajo will provide the necessary leadership that will consolidate the fight against the menace.

Speaking, Celina Unogwu said the group was working assiduously for Osinbajo to become president of Nigeria come 2023.

“We have people willing to move the country forward, personalities such as intellectuals. What we are looking for is here? What do you want for Nigeria? What would you like to see? 2023 is where we have to think and come out with outcomes we deserve,” she stated.

According to her, the Nigeria we are looking for will emerge if we have people who can think outside the box in power.

“We need to think of how to bring those who can take Nigeria to the desired place to the table.”

Mr McDonald Ehiwe in his speech, said there was need for caution in 2023 as any electoral decision made by Nigerians might likely remain with us for the next eight years.h

The event which held at the Sheraton Hotels in Lagos was well attended by Nigerian youths from across the nation

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