Young peo­ple should take the ini­tia­tive in 2019 – Charly Boy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Mu­si­cian-turned ac­tivist Charles Oputa, more fa­mously called Charly Boy, has said young peo­ple will have choices to make in 2019 gen­eral elec­tions in terms of vot­ing peo­ple into of­fices and fit­ting them­selves into var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions in the coun­try.

Oputa who de­scribed him­self as an Area Fa­ther of Frus­trated Peo­ple in Nige­ria dur­ing his sen­si­ti­sa­tion walk on the streets of Makurdi yes­ter­day, urged young peo­ple to wake up and make de­sired changes.

He said, “We want to know in 2019 that the youths have choices to make. In 2019, young peo­ple can get a Nige­rian who can ef­fec­tively lead the coun­try. Our cam­paign seeks to bring forth par­a­digm shift. Since in­de­pen­dence we have been plagued with false prom­ises. We have had past lead­ers say­ing that the fu­ture be­longs to the youths but they (lead­ers) have oc­cu­pied the space. I’m a baby of the early 50s, it is my gen­er­a­tion and the gen­er­a­tion be­fore me that are re­spon­si­ble for this rot: cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment not suit­able for young peo­ple to grow. I apol­o­gise on be­half of my gen­er­a­tion. But the young peo­ple have to or­gan­ise and take back their stolen fu­ture.”

He viewed the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ bill re­cently passed by the Na­tional As­sem­bly (NASS) as sus­pi­cious and per­haps a ploy by NASS mem­bers to re­place them­selves with their rel­a­tives af­ter their tenures.

“I don’t know whether the bill was made in favour of the sta­tus quo chil­dren and their friends to con­tinue to do what they are do­ing. That is why we are en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to go reg­is­ter and be­come part of the process. That is why #mu­mudondo# move­ment is look­ing for po­lit­i­cal groups to stand be­hind and sup­port them,” he said.

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