—2018 Youth Summit: A wake up call for Nigerian Youths in governance
YBTC NEWS—As the world evolves and continues to embrace global best practices, the need for youth inclusiveness in the political and decision making processes of their countries have been an issue constantly brought to fore.
However, on the the 31st of May, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration signed the “not too young to run bill” into law thereby restoring hope for the Nigerian youths.
Although, to many, this huge step marks a new political stride in Nigerian history, the need for conscious re-awareness and reawakening of the zeal to be actively involved in our dear country’s political process still falls short of being perfect or good enough.
Based on this note, the “Vote your future campaign” was launched to reinforce the known facts that our actions and in-actions as stakeholders have on our future, which often is ripple in its effects.
ONE, a global campaigning and advocacy organization with the objective of bringing to end extreme poverty and prevent diseases, saw the need to call on the attention of Nigerian youths to take full responsibility as their votes will help change the future of Nigeria for the best.
The one-day event held in Abuja on Saturday 20th of October, 2018, had in attendance popular Nigerian Artistes and Celebrities like Falz, Bisola (ex bbnaija) , Banky W, whose immense impact as opinion builders and gatekeepers cannot be overlooked. Their visions for a better Nigeria helped to give foresight to issues in Nigerian politics, youth involvement and participation in nation building.
The event also saw the need to give opportunity to Presidential aspirants to present their manifesto and plans to Nigerians for a better informed choice.
However only a few were present namely Dr Ade Fagbenro Bryon (KOWA party), Eunice Atuejide (NIP) , Oby Ezekwesili (ACPN) who sent in a pre-recorded speech, Olusegun Mimiko (ZLP) who was ably represented while others were unavoidably absent.
Issues raised and discussed includes- the lack of policy continuity in Nigeria; the need to ensure proper sensitization of illiterate adult-voters who often constitute the larger population of interested voters while less than an average number of youths show interest in voting; the need to address the issue of early child-marriages as well as the importance of the girl-child in our society ; the need to vote; the need to know the issues and their solutions; the need to build political consciousness and hold our candidates accountable I. E their promises must match their actions; the need for better healthcare services; education; job creation amongst others.
As 2019 draws near, Nigerians and it’s youths have been charged to vote taking into consideration the candidate’s integrity, credibility, track records, intellectual capacity; standby as watchdogs to ensure a free and fair election.
The responsibility to change Nigeria of our generation is on us. Let us have the true leadership we deserve as a nation.#voteyourfuture
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