A non-governmental organisation, Youths Arise for Un-diluted Change, has called on Nigerian youths to take their destiny into their hands by participating more actively in politics and governance.
Coordinator of the group, Barr Akharame Izedome Lucky, told journalists in Abuja over the weekend that lack of equal access to opportunities and frustration with bad governance have conspired against the emergence of qualified and competent Nigerian youths in politics and governance.
He said it was not enough for the youth to always complain about bad leaders, but that they needed to break the status quo by taking the chance to be elected and create the transformation they needed for a change.
“ The Nigeria youth have a challenge in their hands for the future of our country; this is the time for them to rise up. They should not sit down and fold their hands and be lamenting over bad leadership or politicians.
“ Enough of a political system that accepts the votes of young Nigerians every election year, pay them peanuts as political thugs and consultants during elections, discard them after elections and keep them in the waiting rooms and corridors of government offices for the next four years, is not acceptable.
“Our leaders, the older generation and the Nigerian ruling class must come to terms with the fact that in today’s modern world, Nigeria cannot make competitive, real and sustainable development until they begin to acknowledge the role Nigerian youths can play in the leadership of our country.
“The only way to realise this dream is for them to register themselves in political parties and participate fully,” he said.
On his part, coordinator, Project Nigeria First, Mr. UcheNwabukwu, who also lends his voice to the call, said the youths could hold their leaders accountable only when they participate fully in politics.
He called on all Nigerians above the age of 18 to get their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs and campaign for good governance.
Also, Barr Mandy Ikpebe said the solution to Nigeria’s problem is not about changing political parties but getting a road map where Nigerians will know the direction the country is headed and will be in the next 20 years.