A content creator and philanthropist, Charles ‘Ironside’ Aghogho has urged Nigerian youths to go beyond “social media revolution and paper politics” and take up political roles if they want to effect lasting and real change in Nigeria.
He said the youths must belong to political parties as card carrying members so they can participate in “retail politics” in their respective localities.
Speaking from his base in Capetown, South Africa, he said “If we want to make a difference, the youths cannot just be agitating for change on social media alone. Real change can only come with real revolution which can only come when they become intentional by becoming card carrying party members. They have to be on the ground, they have to be in their wards, in the constituencies”.
Ironside added, “that the youth have to play retail politics with the masses in order to really connect themselves beyond just writing 140 letter words on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. “I urge everyone of us to register and get the permanent voters card or try and belong to a political party.”
He also stated that social media revolution or paper politics won’t make much difference in the grand scheme of things.
Aghogho pointed out that the only way to make sure the youth are duly represented in the various arms of government where decisions are made, is to go into proper party politics or by seeking elective positions in government.
He noted that notable businessmen like Shina Peller, Akin Alabi and others are now honourable members of the House of Representatives. He reiterated that they were able to achieve this by removing themselves from being paper-based politicians, becoming card carrying members of their political party and then vying for elective posts under the party banner so they can represent and have their voices heard.
“To deal with various problems arising daily in Nigeria, we need a framework of community engagement that can only be achieved when retail politicking if started from the grassroots. If you take this framework to the local level, many of the problems we have in Nigeria today will be resolved,” Aghogho stated.