Stakeholders from the Motivating African Youths Initiative (MAY-I), a pan-African youth and women empowerment network, on Friday called on young people to rethink that they are Nigerians before being partisans.
Stakeholders who spoke at the press conference in Abuja, to commemorate International Youth Day 2022, on the theme: “International Solidarity: Creating a World for the Ages”.
MAY-I Founder Dr. Ogenna Waiter Ekwubiri said young people are first in Nigeria before they become members of politics and we should have this knowledge and understanding.
She noted that the Youth Day aims to draw the attention of the international community to the challenges faced by young people and to provide an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the voices, actions and initiatives of young people. .
Ogenna said, “We have lost our values as a nation just because everyone wants to get a quick money mentality. We have to change this narrative because if we don’t get it right, I feel sorry for Nigeria and everyone here who is not working to get it right, we all have to get Nigeria on the right track.
In his remarks, the Founder of Connected Development (Code), Hamzat Lawal, said that as young people, we need to ensure and center our conversation on the election, mainly shaped by issues and debate it, don’t debate it. social vices that make us not united.
He explained that national cohesion and peace are very important because, without peace, there will be no sustainable development. So for me today, I call on Nigerians to note that intergenerational solidarity is first about being patriotic towards Nigeria.
He said: “We have all failed in different ways. let’s take responsibility that we have failed as young and old who have stopped the blame game and as we collect our PVCs of permanent voter cards before 2023 we will also go out and vote because that vote is the value that we must ensure we reap the dividends of democracy.
Speaking on the 2023 general election, he urged young people to engage the candidates, said: ‘We need to make sure they present our core values and as young people we want the government that looks like us to speak like us. We want a government that feels our pain and we want real representation, locally, stately and nationally.
“Please don’t sell our votes and allow people to come and inject negativity into our elections so no more buying and selling of votes because that’s the principle that would really give rise to a new Nigeria clamoring,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the founder of the 40 Knowledge Hub project, Dr Oke Abioye, said, “I encourage all young people in Nigeria to know that we have to take responsibility, we have to know that our future is in our hands and not in our hands. of the older generation.
“We need to create our economy by ensuring that you take full responsibility for that small responsibility that has been given to you in your workplace or in the marketplace. We need to make sure that we are also contributing to the economy by creating value by bringing these ideas.”