- Youths across the northern part of Nigeria have been charged to ensure that they liberate themselves from the fangs of older generation of politicians
- The call was made by the former governor of Niger state, Babangdia Aliyu, who said the future of the next generation lies in the hands of the present crop of youths
- Aliyu said it is important for Nigerian youths to get involved in issues of governance and key decision-making processes
A former governor of Niger state governor, Babangida Aliyu, has called on northern youths across Nigeria to take control of the nation's political space.
Aliyu while speaking at the presentation of the certificate of excellence as the 'Father of Modern Politics' by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Club, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria chapter say the northern youths should be able to liberate themselves from the older generation.
Leadership reports that the former governor also noted that despite the fact that the youths constitute 45 per cent of the Nigerian population, only a few of them are involved in politics or critical decision-making processes.
Charging the youths on skills acquisition, especially in vocational business entrepreneurship, politics and governance, Aliyu said the youths do not owe anyone a living but themselves.
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"They (youths) should not expect the older generations to work for their liberations from poverty and economic shackles as well as from exclusion from politics and political relevance.
“All of you must appreciate that you alone can liberate yourselves as the older adult world is busy taking care of themselves, contesting for public offices, placing themselves in key, lucrative government’s positions and for contracts."
If you want power, go for it, Osinbajo tells Nigerian youths
Nigerian youths have been urged to contest for elective positions if they truly want to take over power.
According to Osinbajo, the not-too-young-to-run movement would be defeated if the youths fail to contest.
Meanwhile, he lamented that the turnout of youths in Nigeria during elections had always been low.
2023: APC chieftains kick against northern govs position over power shift
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general elections chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ebonyi state chapter have kicked against the position of the northern governors over power shift to the south.
Members of the ruling party made this known in separate interviews in Abakaliki, on Sunday, October 3.
According to them, the north had no justification, for not backing a southerner to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his second tenure.
The southeast coordinator of the APC Youth League, Okenwa Uka explained that the current situation was an issue of conscience.