Atiku Blames Poor Education For Declining Youth Participation In Politics
Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, said the decline in quality of education has hampered youths’ participation in high quality politics in Nigeria.
Abubakar, who made the observation while delivering a speech as a special guest of honour at a symposium tagged “The Man Atiku’’, organised by Turaki Youth Ambassadors (TURAYA) in Abuja, said in developed countries, future politicians were being identified from schools and exposed to political activities along with their academic programmes.
The former vice president, who was represented by Mr Oladimeji Fabiyi, the Chairman, All Atiku Support Group, at the Symposium with the topic “Politics qua politic: Atiku Abubakar, the Youths and the Nigerian State,” lamented that a large chunk of youths in Nigeria get involved in politics by accident. He stressed that they ventured into politics because it is seen as a quick way to make money.
He said, “By the time they graduate from school, they have mastered the political terrains of their countries. They also try to empower themselves before going full blast into politics.’’
He said that a lot of them crash in and crash out of politics because they failed to achieve their targets within a short period.
“I have come to realise the damage that poor quality of education has done to Nigerian youths.
“This is a matter that has to be addressed to raise high number of intellectually sound youths to play high quality politics.
“They also need exposure and financial empowerment in their quest to wrestle power from the older generation who have mastered the game over time.
“Remember, the older generation of Nigerian politicians ventured into politics when they were young and since politics is addictive, it is not usually easy to quit.
“The reality is that young persons must work hard and should device superior arguments and strategies to send the older generation into retirement and to achieve their political targets,’’ Abubakar said.