AUSTIN OMOS OYIBODE, EDITOR
Delta state coordinator of Not Too Young to Lead, Elvis Akpobi, has said that Hilary Ibegbulem, the principal secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, meant well for all youths in Delta state following the hands of fellowship and assistance he has rendered to youths across the 25 local government areas of the state.
Akpobi, who is an aide of Ibegbulem, said of all the assistance Ibegbulem has made, he has never asked the tribe or city or senatorial district the individual is coming from, noting that Ibegbulem is a detribalized man willing to lift as many youths as come his way to a position wherein they can take care of themselves.
In a chat with Emeraldng.com, Akpobi, who said he is a beneficiary of the benevolence of the Okowa’s principal secretary, told this medium that the Okowa’s secretary never knew his parents nor his village, but he gave him all the assistance to make him stand on his feet and earn a living for himself.
He said: “He has been on the street before. So he feels the pain of the youths out there. He is a disciplined young man and very receptive. From a far you think that this man is not receptive but he is very receptive.
“He is also a good listener. I was telling someone the other day that people always tell me Elvis your appointment is sure, for me I love to be nurtured, just like Okowa nurtured him, I want to be nurtured under him.
“When we call him the lion heart of Africa, it’s not just for the sake of name. He has the heart of gold. He meant well for every young person irrespective of ethnic inclination and social strata.
“When I need him to do something, he does not ask where the person is coming from. I can’t remember him asking me that. The two cars I delivered last, he didn’t know the people. He is a good ambassador of this government.
“When we do things its not that we are showing off, but if a state cannot develop its people, how do you make sure there is peace. It’s to make sure the youths who are about 60 to 70 percent of the population feel the impact of governance. When they feel the impact of governance of governance, there won’t be restiveness in the state.”
Answering a question on Hilarification, a term he uses on the social media, Akpobi said the term is used to mean an opportunity of giving joy to people unexpectedly, saying: “When I came to Asaba, I came with just one trouser, if I take breakfast I’m not sure of lunch. So, I know what the average youth out there is passing through.
“Not too long, I got a message from a youth that was depressed. I asked him the problem, he said he is into debt. I noticed his case was beyond me, I told my boss about. He has confidence on me. He said remind me. In the next three days we will Hilarify that person.
“That is just what Hilarification is all about. It is just creating room for other persons to make a living and be happy. It is trying to solve problem of youths and help them to build their future. And I keep saying it everywhere, I’m 100 percent Hilarified.”