As the 2023 general election gathers momentum, Muhammad Ali Pate, professor of public health leadership at Harvard University and former health minister, has joined others in a bid to encourage young Nigerians eligible to register and collect their voter card for the elections.
According to Professor Pate, who currently serves as the World Bank Group’s Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, “Widespread poverty, insecurity and youth unemployment are the direct results of the political system that Nigeria uses to elect its leaders. If you want to change the results, you must participate in the elections. Otherwise, your decision not to participate is a decision to continue a failing political system,” he said.
The position of the Anap Foundation Advocate is also timely as it comes at a time when the Anap Foundation is launching its Go Nigeria-themed enlightenment campaign, a campaign aimed at sensitizing young Nigerians to participate in the electoral process. leading to the election of visionary leaders. .
The Anap Foundation will partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other advocates, celebrity ambassadors, corporate bodies as well as volunteers to ensure huge success is achieved in encouraging young people to understand that their votes count to have the right leaders at the helm of the affairs of the country.
The campaign is in full swing with early advocates from the Anap Foundation stepping up efforts to encourage young Nigerians to register and collect their PVCs to vote in next year’s general elections to ensure good governance and to access the true dividends of democracy.
The first defenders are Aisha Yesufu, an active Nigerian citizen; Nuruddeen Lemu, Director of Research and Training, Da’wah Institute, Islamic Education Trust; Dike Chukwumerije, poet; Folarin Falana (Falz), musician, actor and artist; Atedo Peterside, Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank + President and Founder, Anap Foundation; Bishop Matthew Kukah, Catholic Church, Sokoto; Arunma Oteh, President, Royal African Society and Scholar, University of Oxford; Hamzat Lawal, Founder, Connected Development (CODE); Tomiwa Aladekomo, National President, Youth Party; Osita Chidoka, Founder UnlockNaija, Former Minister, Aviation & Corps Marshal FRSC; and Dr. Tony Rapu, MD and pastor.
Others include ‘Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, EiE Nigeria; Muhammad Ali Pate, professor of public health leadership at Harvard, former minister and former global health director of the World Bank; HH Muhammad Sanusi II, 14th Emir of Kano and Grand Khalifa of the Order of Tijjaniya; Dr Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, former Minister, former Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, Chairman, Higher Education Trust Fund [TETFUND] and President, King’s College Old Boys Association; Ayisha Osori, author; and Ibrahim Dahiru Waziri, former DMD NLNG/GED of NNPC + member of the House of Representatives in 1983 at age 25.