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Trustees of 67Million Youth Initiative writes an Open Letter to Nigerian Youth

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To the youth of Nigeria,

Our attention has been brought to the negative posts on social media about The 67Million Youth Initiative. As the originators of the initiative, we owe it to all the delegates that we come forward and set the record straight for the brave delegates that believe in this initiative and signed their names on it. Many of our delegates have received backlash from the misinformed and agitators on social media. These delegates have put their reputations on the line for this cause and it is now time we bring our selves forward and face any consequence alongside the other delegates.

Seven of us initially came together to start this initiative: Maryam Laushi (founding member of Not-To-Young-To-Run); Asuquo Ekpenyoung (PDP Commissioner of Finance for Cross River)’ Mohammad Sani Abdullahi (APC Commissioner of Budget and Planning for Kaduna State); Mark Okoye (APGA Commissioner of Budget and Planning for Anambra State); Adebola Williams (Co-founder of RED); Moji Rhodes (First female deputy Chief of Staff for Lagos State); and Luqman Edu (CEO FilmoRealty). As young progressive leaders, we purposefully chose to build an initiative that cuts across party lines, religions, and ethnic backgrounds.

We jointly signed up to the following guidelines so that the initiative could not be hijacked for ulterior motives. We agreed on the following:

1. OUR VISION—To advance Nigeria with a new generation of leaders at all levels of politics and government

2. OUR MISSION—To build/ organize and leverage on the block vote for the interest of the collective youth

3. GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR 2018/2019: 

a. 67Million will NOT support or make any endorsement for the presidential or governorship races in 2019.

b. We will focus on getting as many young people APPOINTED to various positions in their states and on the national level.

c. We shall support the emergence and success of young candidates across ALL platforms and will particularly endorse our members that are running for state and national assemblies, and local government positions across party lines. Furthermore, we agreed that all major decisions and activities will be decided through a democratic voting process by delegate members.

Once we reached a consensus, EACH trustee convinced 15 people to join this initiative as delegates. A lot of attention has been put on the Muslim APC delegates but if you carefully go through the delegate list you will find delegates from a cross-section of political parties, faith, and tribes. To date, the initiative has only been funded by delegates and supporters that have donated between 10,000 to 1 million naira.

We admit to some mistakes such as engaging a media consultant who proceeded to acquire an existing twitter handle without doing the proper vetting, we knew of the plan but not what the account was used for in 2015—this is indefensible. We shall meet three different kinds of people in this journey; people that will never believe or support us, people that will buy into what we are trying to do, and people in the middle that will have an open enough mind to make decisions with the information presented to them. The truth is on our side, so we shall only focus on the last two.

As for the first set, we say to them, “CARRY GO!”. We shall continue with this initiative and endeavor to accomplish the mission we have all come together for. We know that this task shall be hard and there shall be resistance from people that will not want the youth united, the youth should not be distracted and together we should forge on.

We invite all youth to join us by registering on our website.

Yours sincerely,

Trustees of 67Million Youth Initiative:
Maryam Laushi
Asuquo Ekpenyong
Mohammad Sani Abdullahi
Mark Okoye
Moji Rhodes
Adebola Williams
Luqman Edu.
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8 Comments

  1. Big Tee

    August 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Let me think – “let’s throw some names into the mix, put my name towards the end of the list”. Never mind Egbon we don kana…. We know how you move ….

  2. gbaskelebo

    August 3, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hope this is not another Cambridge Analytica?

  3. Kola

    August 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Same Way Transformation agenda of Goodluck Jonathan started. Debola should bury is head in shame!….The history will remember all his bad deeds with his fake Karimi personality on Instagram

  4. by_stander

    August 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    You lost me at “Commissioner of Finance” all these Accountants are con artists. Nothing good can come out what ever they are involved with in my opinion.

    If you want to help younths the first thing you need to do is remove the monopoly of the outdated profession of Accountancy in doing elementary school addition and subtraction.

    Anything they know can be incorporated into general studies in primary school and secondary school.

    disband the charted body if possible, or limit it to public trust domains like government and publicly traded corporations.

    Majority of the laws of these land is in favor of Accountants and Lawyers, every single piece of legislation needs to be reviewed, they need to be in favour of the constitution and inalienable rights of human begins.

    These two professions have been scamming human begins since their inception. The only countries that can progress are countries that put them in check.

    All your initiatives, charities, businesses can not achieve anything, while you allow the people’s inalienable rights to be systematically infringed upon by these two professions.

    The sooner you understand that it is a deliberate, institutionalized and systematic attempt to enslave humanity and keep their outdated profession relevant for personal gains, the sooner you have a glimpse of the magnitude what is happening.

    You are not surrounded by resources (both natural and human) and fertile land and yet a 3rd world country by mistake.

  5. James

    August 4, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Same Debola Williams, that has not made a public statement or shown concern or out right support the President you over marketed, pre 2015 has failed or is meeting those expectations you sold us? so many of those expectations you created? Chude, your partner in this crime is at least talking openly about it, but no not this Debola fellow, its like its the white agbada and red cap that is his own answer for marketing a stiffed necked president as reformed. Now you want to be part of 67million??. You dont have to apologize for marketing president Buhari in 2015,but at least be open and bold enough to voice your stand,concerning what you sold Nigerians. If you believe you sold right, then stand by it. Stop thinking you are way too smart.

  6. madman

    August 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    DEBOLA WILLIAMS has zero credibility. That’s the first mistake you made.

  7. madman

    August 4, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Anyone know what happened to GenVoices? They also scammed a lot of youths. These scammish youth groups always seem to appear closer to the elections. I think you folks take Nigerian youths for fools so that you can line your own pockets.

    Luqman Edu is nephew is Emir Sanusi and almost all his family members work for the Buhari administration. Bunch of Muslims and Northerners, don’t worry your time is up.

  8. Ismail Rabiu

    August 5, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    how can I be a member of 67 million

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