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Jega urges youths to join active politics – Punch Newspapers

  • November 16, 2021
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Jega urges youths to join active politics – Punch Newspapers

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Attahiru Jega
Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Atahiru Jega, on Monday in Katsina charged Nigerian youths to relegate their individual agonies to the background and unite to take active part in politics.
He gave the advice while speaking as chairman at a public lecture titled ‘The political and social economic consequences of border porosity in Northern Nigeria.’
The lecture was organised by the Coalition of Northern Groups (North West wing) in honour of late Dan Masani Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule.
The former INEC chairman agreed that although the youths had personal challenges and agonies, it would not be in their interests and that of Nigeria if they stayed aloof while the country was not being run properly.

He said Nigeria had the misfortunes of being run by leaders, some of whom he said, were selfish, narrow-minded, and without the necessary academic cum intellectual capability to lead.
Jega insisted that what Nigeria lacked was good leadership, declaring that it was time for the youths to come to the rescue of the country.
He said, “The fundamental basis of all the crises we have in Nigeria be it social, political or economic is a crisis of leadership. These days, we have leaders who are selfish, narrow-minded and those who lack the intellectual capability to lead Nigeria.

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“But you as youths of Nigeria have the responsibility of coming together and realise that Nigeria actually belongs to you. I know some of you are facing disappointments and agonies while some of you are even tired of hearing that you are the future leaders of Nigeria.

“The truth is that no matter how frustrated you are; no matter the level of your agonies; you need to realise that Nigeria is your country and nobody will develop it for you.
“You have to organise yourselves. If you stand aloof, Nigeria will continue to be run by vandals until she is brought to her feet.”
Jega said Nigeria needed to secure her porous borders to tackle socioeconomic problems.
The guest speaker at the occasion, Dr. Mutaka Rabe, in his presentation, traced some of the sociopolitical problems in the northern part of Nigeria to porous borders.
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