Can Youths Truly Revamp Nige­ria?

The pas­sage of the Not-too young to run Bill into law by PMB was hailed as a laud­able de­ci­sion, where the ages for con­test­ing for po­lit­i­cal of­fices were low­ered to al­low more youths into pub­lic of­fice. How­ever, some an­a­lysts be­lieve youths are also part o

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* Youths can truly revamp Nige­ria only if we pay more at­ten­tion to moral val­ues. Moral val­ues for stu­dents are miss­ing in our ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum. High crime rate amongst our youths is a re­flec­tion of poor moral val­ues. Any so­ci­ety with strong moral val­ues, its youths, tend to do bet­ter. - Mr. Aus­tine Nwanya, Solid Min­eral con­sul­tant, Abuja

* The need for young, en­er­getic and vi­sion­ary youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in Nige­ria’s pol­i­tics is long over­due. No doubt, so many youths have lost their psy­che and could be worse than the cur­rent and pre­vi­ous lead­er­ship as a re­sult of learn­ing well from the old. But there are still so many oth­ers at home and in the Di­as­pora ca­pa­ble of turn­ing our bad for­tune into un­com­mon great­ness which is what we need and de­serve as a na­tion. We are tired of sleep­ing, crawl­ing and back­slid­ing. - Ms. Nkeiruka Abanna, La­gos State

* Nige­ria is al­most like a coun­try where im­punity is at the high­est. If there is a per­ceived work­ing mech­a­nism which in­cludes rule of law and strin­gent pun­ish­ment for breaches of poli­cies and con­sti­tu­tional rights, any­one can gov­ern. The youths can revamp the econ­omy if ca­pa­ble and in­no­va­tive hands are placed there. If not, it will still be same re­cy­cling of un­pro­duc­tive pro­cesses. - Mr. On­wueg­buchi Osondu Smith, Gwag­wal­ada, Abuja

* Age is not re­ally a fac­tor in pro­vid­ing good gov­er­nance. Con­trary to pop­u­lar opin­ion, we have had young peo­ple in lead­er­ship po­si­tions across all lev­els in Nige­ria, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the mil­i­tary. How old were the av­er­age gover­nors un­der the mil­i­tary rule. We’ve had a 31 yearold head of state be­fore. If young Nige­ri­ans, jump queues, by­pass elec­tric­ity me­tres, cheat in ex­ams, give and take bribes and sup­port and par­tic­i­pate in trib­al­ism, nepo­tism and parochial­ism, then how would a crop of young peo­ple in gov­er­nance be dif­fer­ent from the old or­der? There is no dis­tinc­tion, the places of re­spon­si­bil­ity and lead­er­ship that the young peo­ple have been given op­por­tu­ni­ties to hold, par­tic­u­larly in pub­lic ser­vice are not dif­fer­ent from the norm. The old or­der have be­queathed to the new gen­er­a­tion a lust for ma­te­ri­al­ism that can­not pro­duce any mean­ing­ful change. Chang­ing mind­sets on an in­di­vid­ual level can bring pos­i­tive re­sults; how­ever, the sys­tem will re­quire a larger num­ber of changed mind­sets in or­der to pro­duce re­sults. - Mr. Buga Dunj, Jos, Plateau State

* Lead­er­ship is not just about be­ing youth­ful but the real you. Yes, we truly need to em­brace gen­uine and self­less youth lead­er­ship ef­forts. It is time we tapped and used their vast, wast­ing but huge po­ten­tials to bet­ter Nige­ria’s lot. The rule of law and truth must pre­vail. - Miss Apeji Pa­tience, Bada­gry, La­gos State

* The fu­ture of our coun­try lies with the youths. They have the ca­pac­ity to revamp our econ­omy if en­trusted into lead­er­ship po­si­tions. There are lots of vi­brant and morally-sound youth; what is needed is a re-ori­en­ta­tion among them. The youths should be en­cour­aged to shun money pol­i­tics and fo­cus on young guys with great ideas. The bane of our prob­lems in Nige­ria is the older politi­cians whose source of wealth is the state trea­sury. Hero-wor­ship­ping of older politi­cians should be shunned. - Mr. JohnKen Og­wuegbu, Ow­erri, Imo State

* The youths can revamp our coun­try’s devel­op­ment and gov­er­nance process if they choose to. Youth goes with en­ergy, cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion etc. They have all it takes to help build a great na­tion. They are the van­guard for pro­gres­sive change and con­sti­tutes about 60 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. They are the great lead­ers of to­day and to­mor­row. All they need to do is stop be­ing de­ceived, used and dumped and be part of na­tion build­ing as in other climes. As a fact, our youths can jump start Nige­ria’s devel­op­ment and gov­er­nance process in no time with sin­cer­ity of pur­pose, pa­tri­otic zeal and na­tion­al­is­tic spirit. God bless the youths; God bless Nige­ria. - Mr. Odey Ochicha, Lead­er­ship Spe­cial­ist, Abuja

* Yes, if sup­ported by hon­est, God-fear­ing, trust­wor­thy cit­i­zens, with an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated. Af­ter all, Nige­ria once had a Head of State, when he was less than thirty years of age. He was sup­ported by of­fi­cers older than him­self. To­day, he is ranked ‘one of the best Head of States’ in the his­tory of this na­tion, who shunned tribal, sec­tional, eth­nic, re­li­gious, or cor­rup­tion sen­ti­ments. - Mr. Dogo Stephen, Kaduna State

* I be­lieve Nige­rian youths can revamp this coun­try if op­por­tu­ni­ties are given to them, be­cause there are re­sources to make Nige­ria great again. - Mr. Gor­don Chika Nnorom, Pub­lic Com­men­ta­tor, Umuk­abia, Abia State

* Al­though acts of ju­ve­nile delin­quen­cies and youth­ful ex­u­ber­ances ex­hib­ited by some Nige­rian youths have raised doubt on pre­pared­ness of youths to take over the man­tle of lead­er­ship, the fact is that ma­jor­ity of them are hard-work­ing, com­pe­tent and dig­i­tally minded to take Nige­ria to the next level. Those geron­to­crats who have re­tarded Nige­ria’s progress since in­de­pen­dence must step aside to see the magic of gov­er­nance from the youths. - Mr. Paul Jide­o­for, Dept of Lan­guages, FCT COE, Zuba, Abuja

* Surely, youths can revamp Nige­ria and her devel­op­ment process. All they need to do is make sure they con­test vig­or­ously for pub­lic of­fice in 2019, do away from the bad ex­am­ples they learnt from the old politi­cians, and ap­ply their fresh brains and ideas to make this coun­try a bet­ter place for all. - Mr. Olu­muyiwa Olorun­somo, La­gos State

* Our youths can truly revamp Nige­ria for they are in­tel­li­gent, tol­er­ant, full of en­ergy, hard-work­ing, and love with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion. They have re­spect for el­ders and are ready to share while ac­cu­mu­la­tion is not in their agenda. Youths could have re­volted against this coun­try be­fore now, and the pas­sage of the Not too young to run Law by PMB is a laud­able de­ci­sion. But to suc­ceed, the old self­ish lead­ers must step aside. Youths must rise up and take their pos­ses­sions. - Hon. Ba­bale Maiungwa, U/Romi, Kaduna

* For sta­tis­ti­cal pur­poses, the UN de­fines youth as in­di­vid­u­als be­tween the ages of 15 and 24 years. Nige­rian youths can revamp her devel­op­ment and gov­er­nance process, be­cause they are en­er­getic, in­tel­li­gent, hard-work­ing, with their so­cio-eco­nomic, de­mo­graphic and ge­o­graph­i­cal spread. They can make good laws and poli­cies, pro­vide so­cial ser­vices, and strengthen young par­tic­i­pa­tion in pro­vid­ing the ba­sic needs of the coun­try, among oth­ers. - Mr. Michael Ade­do­tun Oke, Founder Michael Ade­do­tun Oke Foun­da­tion, Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, Abuja

Youths are to­day’s lead­ers

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