Nigeria Youths have been charged to actively get involved in party politics so as to change the political narrative of the country.
The charged was made by Shaykh Muhyideen Ajani Bello and Dr. Sa’eid Ahmad who were Guest Speakers at the 13th Annual Hijrah Lecture organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly Muslim Community, Alausa-Ikeja.
Ajani-Bello, who is the Chief Imam and Missioner, Ansar ud Deen Society of Nigeria, Northern States Council, urged the youth to know that they would one day lead the country, adding that they should prepare themselves to take over power from the old ones through participation in the electoral process.
The Chief Imam, speaking on the topic “The Role Of The Youths In The Emerging Socio-Economic And Political Realities” chastised the political leaders for sidelining the youths in politics, saying that youths should be engaged and given their rightful positions.
He noted that a major challenge facing the youths is the sit-tight-syndrome of the political elite.
The Missioner said “Those of you at the helms of affairs should behave well because the youths are watching and they will want to emulate you. Greed and aggrandizement have become the norm,” saying efforts should be geared towards addressing the menace.
“Those of you who have been in the political hierachy for a good number of years should leave the stage for the teeming youths who are languishing in poverty”.
Dr Ahmad, a Consultant General Surgeon, advised the youths to move from social media politicking to physical partisan politics, saying that they should assume responsibilities and stop blaming the political elite.
Ahmad said that there is complete breakdown of parenting and family values in the country, saying everything previously believed to be bad is now considered good.
He added “What is prevalent in the society now is ideological rebellion, culture of materialism because of level of decadence in the country.
The Islamic Cleric warned the youths to desist from wrong vices, saying that regardless of bad governance in the country, they should be committed to doing the right things.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa stated that the House had put laws in place aimed at addressing the challenges faced by the youths.
Obasa said the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) was created for the youths to enhance self employment, adding that the House was concerned about youth development in the state.
The Speaker pointed out that Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LSNSC), LASTMA and Child Rights Act were created to enhance youths empowerment, charging them to make use of any of the opportunities to advance their dreams.
Addressing the guests after the lecture, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who represented the governor, said the points raised by the guest speakers would be considered and their suggestions implemented.
Chairman of the occasion, Hon Moshood Oshun, explained that the rationale behind the topic of the hijrah was as a result of the population of the youths in the country, saying goverment needs to carry them along.