- A sad incident occured in Gombe over the weekend throwing officials of the state government into mourning
- A man said to be a staunch supporter of the state governor fell off from a car and died while on a convoy
- The incident was said to have shaken the governor as the deceased was one of his vocal supporters in the state
Gombe - A report by The Guardian newspaper indicates that one Ahmad Sagir popularly called Khalifah, a diehard supporter of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa of Gombe state died in a freak accident on Sunday, September 19.
According to the report, Sagir, 30, fell off from a moving vehicle in the governor’s convoy en route Bajoga/Funakaye local government for an official assignment.
He was said to have died instantly after suffering from a fractured skull.
Governor Inuwa immediately disengaged the ambulance in his convoy to take Khalifah straight to a hospital but to no avail.
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A source quoted in the report said Ahmad died even before he was taken away from the spot.
The funeral prayer for Late Sagir was observed the same day at the Specialist Hospital with Inuwa leading the state delegation.
Youths want a seat at the table and not on the sidelines
Meanwhile, youth activists have called for increased involvement of young people in politics instead of being used as thugs.
The call was made as Oxfam in Nigeria’s Work in Progress (WIP!) alliance formally launched phase two of the #BeingYounginNaija campaign to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day at a virtual town hall event held in August.
The event, titled "How many youth are left?" was held to explore challenges facing young people in politics and how to tackle them.
Nigerian youths asked to acquire skills for self-survival
In a related development, Nigerian youths have been advised by a professional to acquire skills that they can fall back on in the future instead of depending on politicians.
The advice was given by Imu Ovaioza Yunusa, the founder of the Ovaioza Skills Acquisition Centre in Abuja.
According to her, having hands-on skills will enable the youths to survive on their own especially when paid jobs are not available.