- International Youth Day set aside to honour young people across the globe is observed annually on August 12
- According to the United Nations, it is a day meant for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide
- The PDP New Generation says for Nigerian youths, it should be a day they take a stance politically by using their PVCs to vote better leaders
FCT, Abuja - As the world celebrates International Youth Day, the PDP New Generation has asked young people in Nigeria to get involved in politics and choose their next set of leaders as the 2023 general elections draws nearer.
The theme for this year's celebration according to the United Nations is Intergenerational Solidarity.
Audu Mahmood, the director-general of the PDP New Generation said in a statement:
“It is significant to us, because it is in line with the vision and mission of PDP New Generation of promoting youth inclusion in political activities and governance for a better Nigeria.
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“As discussions and concerns for future generations is tackled today globally, PDP New Generation congratulates youths worldwide and the United Nations for recommending a renewed intergenerational solidarity.”
He said to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the PDP New Generation recommends the following:
1. The world needs to leverage the full potential of all generations.
2. Solidarity across generations is key for development of every nation, therefore we must all collaborate to foster successful and equitable intergenerational relations and partnerships to ensure no one is left behind.
3. Youths should be encouraged to participate in political and democratic process, for easy inclusion in decision making mechanisms globally.
“Consequently, in the history of our dear country, the millennials are the most marginalized generation. This is why the 2023 presidential election is monumental and consequential to every Nigerian youth.
“Amongst all the 8 presidential candidates for 2023 election, the Atiku/Okowa ticket remains the only hope for achieving the United Nations recommendation for an intergenerational solidarity.
“As the election campaign commences soon, we call on all Nigerian youths to avoid sentiments, and embrace only facts and realities. We call on Youths to create only positive issues and inject such into the public domain.
“On the day of election, we call on all Nigerian youths to go into the battle field with only their Permanent Voters Card. We stand against violence and other vices.”
ASUU strike shows that the APC lacks empathy - PDP youth group
Recall that the PDP New Generation had earlier described the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a political party without empathy.
The PDP youth group made the declaration in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, August 6 in reaction to the recent comments made by Festus Keyamo, Nigeria's minister of state for labour and productivity.
Keyamo had advised Nigerian parents to beg ASUU, saying there is nothing the federal government can do about their demands.
ASUU strike: Bill to bar children of politicians from foreign education proposed
In a related development, agitation for a legislative bill to bar the children of politicians and other prominent public office holders has begun.
The call was made by the ASUU chapter in Bayelsa, Yenagoa on Tuesday, July 26.
Prof. Kingdom Tombra of the ASUU chapter in the state stated that an attempt to legislate such a bill and pass it will give room for a formidable educational structure and focus in Nigeria.