Rivers State born Graham Elendu Inaugurated into Africa Youth Parliament
Rivers State born Graham Elendu, was yesterday inaugurated as a member of the second assembly of the Democracy Africa Youth Parliament at the Conference Hall A of the Nigeria Army Resource Centre, Mambilla Barracks Gate, Asokoro, Abuja.
The Africa Youth Parliament which is expected to serve as a youth think thanks to the African Union has youths drawn from the 55 member countries of the African Union.
During the inauguration, the guest speaker who is the Chancellor and the founder of one of Africa’s fastest growing private university- Gregory University Uturu, in Abia State, Professor Gregory Ibe challenged the young parliamentarians to fight for power in their various countries to help save the continent from bad leadership.
According to him, Africa has suffered enough from recycled leaders who have run the continent aground despite the huge potentials that abound in the continent.
Also speaking at the event, the Director General, Save Democracy Africa, SDA, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna explained that the reason for instituting the Democracy Africa Youth Parliament is to bring together, youths of the Africa continent to build and develop skills for parliamentary leadership and governance.
“We felt that the destiny of this continent should be in the hands of the youths and since then, it has been a torturous journey.
“The experience we garnered over these years has not only been very phenomenal and intriguing, it has also been very challenging” he said.
The parliament elected Mr. John Aggrey from Ghana as the speaker and Miss Ibiye Briggs as the Clerk.
The organisation is expected to benefit hugely from Graham’s vast media experience and communication skills especially in the area of publicity.
Speaking after the event, one of the friends of Graham Elendu who witnessed the inauguration said he was not surprised that Graham Elendu made the list. According to him, he has over the years been known to have passion for youth development and advancement both on the national and continental scene.
Ambassador Graham a fast riser has also held positions such as the Publicity Secretary of African Youth Union Commission, AYUC.