Young Nigerians have being urged to become involved in politics if they want to see power transferred to them.
In an exclusive interview with Wothappen, Mr. Femi Adesina, the president of Nigeria’s special advisor for media and publicity, made this announcement.
He said that young Nigerians have been given a legitimate opportunity to run for politics thanks to measures like the “NotTooYoungToRun” statute.
Since the beginning of the 2015 presidential elections in Nigeria, the question of young people’s preparedness has risen to the forefront of public discourse.
It’s been seven years, yet the discussion is as lively and heated as ever.
Many Nigerians see the 2023 elections as pivotal for the country’s future, and young people have shown a great deal of interest in the political process leading up to them.
An earlier report from August 2022 by Nigeria’s electoral organization, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), showed that the majority of newly registered voters (71% at the time) were young adults.
Over eight million enthusiastic young Nigerians out of a total of twelve million registered voters (CVR).
2023 election: “What Nigerian youths must do” – Femi Adesina
Are we going to see its influence in one of Nigeria’s most significant elections based on these numbers, or is this simply a lot of hoopla?
Mr. Femi Adesina, a veteran journalist and special adviser, media, and publicity to Nigeria’s president, told Journalist in an exclusive interview that the current dispensation has given Nigerian youths the platform to grow and participate actively in politics, responding to the debate about youths’ participation in governance.
He urged the young people of Nigeria to use their large population to their advantage by voting and not to get complacent as they had in past elections.
Mr. Adesina said:
“If the youth want their impact to be felt, they must go for it. They asked for the ‘NotTooYoungToRun’ law, it has been passed. So, what are they waiting for? In the last election, how many people were there as youths? How many votes did they score, that shows that even youths did not vote for their own.”
The president’s aide also noted that political power will not be ceded to the youths if they don’t aim at it and aspire to hold political offices.
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He, however, said “it does not necessarily mean that the youth will be the next present” but urged them to aspire and grow to the level of contesting for Nigeria’s most powerful position.
Mr. Adesina said:
“What youths need to know is that power is never given, it is taken. So, if they seat and wait for power to be ceded to them, they will wait for a long time.
“If they think it is going to be handed over to them on a platter of gold, then they need to think again. They go for it.”
On President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on youth in governance, Mr. Adesina said his principal is an advocate of youth development while making reference to the “NotTooYoungToRun” bill that was signed into law as a perfect example of the president’s commitment to the youths.
“He (President Buhari) signed it so that shows that he is interested in youths growing and playing a more vital role on the political scene.”