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Jigawa: The Case of Active Engagement And Participation Of Youths

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BY AMMAR H. ABDUSSALAM |

“Guard your light and protect it. Move it forward into the world and be fully confident that if we connect light to light, and join the lights together of the one billion young people in our world today, it will be enough to set our whole planet aglow”

The case for active engagement and participation of youths in the political life of a nation cannot just be frittered away as it seems to be the case now in Nigeria.

The Nigerian youth, as perceived in some quarters, is endangered. Because of this dangerous trend, there is an absolute need for a change of mindset for the youths; a mindset change  from despondency, waiting to be spoon-fed, laziness, an insatiable cling to social media. They are expected to gravitate towards a hopeful and positive can-do attitude; to engagement and activism, with purposefulness and integrity. If this new orientation is achieved, Nigeria can be passed on to her young men and women to organise and revalidate the country!

In the North-west State of Jigawa, there’s a wind of change blowing. The wind emanates from the  Central Senatorial zone of the state.

The people of the state today cry out that they deserve a better deal. For this, they want change, change that would eliminate the vicious circle that Jigawa has been entangled in. But how ready are the people for the change? Do they really know they are the ones to drive this change?

But there is hope. There is a young man who dares to lead the much desired change. Mustapha Sule Lamido (The Dan Turaki of Dutse) is that man. Mustapha is walking the path of a new political ideology.

Mustapha has a refreshing character. He is more  of a  fresh air in Jigawa State. He is a young gentleman with a can-do spirit. With his high literacy level, intelligence, humility, knack for hard work and commitment, he is not afraid to talk the tight rope. Although he maintains a quiet life, free of controversy, he is quick to defend and to speak up if something is not right.

Mustapha intends to contest for the Senate seat. He has the appeal. As such he is an asset for any political party geared to win the election.

For Mustapha, his vision for 2019 is to move his people away from short-sightedness and the daily struggle for short-term gains which do not seem to get them anywhere. I strongly believe that he will conceptualise a better future towards which the people can channel their individual and collective energies with hope and enthusiasm.

He’s is an attempt to finally define where they want to go as a people.  If the people of Jigawa Central ever had any faith in themselves and their future as a senatorial zone, this is the time to demonstrate it. With courage and determination, what needs to be done to set the zone along the path of positive growth and development will be done.

Arise my people in Jigawa State and do not allow political quacks to tell you that you have no choice but to vote for them. The people of Jigawa deserve better. You deserve change and now is the time. It is not the first time for electorates to bring about major change in our society. This isn’t the first time you’ve seen this. It means something is broken and we need to fix it. Now is that moment to replace anger with reasoning, frustration with patience, decision making with empathy, nationalism with regionalism.

Mustapha has his many faults just like every other person, but despite all his faults, his motives are pure and in the interest of the people.

Mustapha Sule Lamido did many things right and for all he did right, I celebrate him. Nigeria should rise up and look for her good men and  women.

Today, this aspiration has made me believe that the marginalisation of youth and their disempowerment can be adequately addressed.

This can only happen if more and more young people like the man in question both men and women, become engaged in the political, legislative as well as policy and governance processes. Today, we live in an age where to be young and  indifferent can no longer be synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. We the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity. To be a great politician one must leave his constituency better than before elected. Greatness is within reach of politicians who consistently do things they ought to be doing. Distinctively, people in all walks of life will soon begin to regard the prince as “Champion of the Common Man”, “Man of the Masses. He stands as a promise and symbol of change. To his people, Mustapha will become a symbol and promise of a working democracy and a better life for them.

It is said that, if you want to rule, learn to serve. If you want to lead, learn to follow. If you want to succeed, learn to make others succeed. We do not measure success by the number of people we lead, but by the number of people we reach and serve. Mustapha represents this line of thinking and movement.

– Abdussalam wrote in from Jigawa


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