Young people and politics as a civic duty | The Guardian Nigeria News


SIR: One is in favor of the southern governors’ position that the presidency should come to southern Nigeria in 2023 and the position of Ohan’eze Ndigbo (backed by Afenifere, the leading Yoruba socio-cultural and political organization, among others) that it is the turn of the Southeast. There is no reason, either in performance or in rotation, for the North to seek to retain the presidency in 2023.

He is more absurd than Atiku Abubakar, the protagonist of the rotation (which led some northern governors to derail his party, the PDP and the re-election of Dr Jonathan, in order to force the presidency back to the North, in 2015, claiming that Jonathan had passed the North turn) would no longer recognize the rotation when it became the turn of another region!

But the main reason to support Peter Obi, the youth and the Labor Party is not rotation, but the cultural shift and paradigm shift they are bringing to Nigerian politics, which had collapsed.

It is the culture (the way of life, the way of doing things) that makes the difference in the life of any society and not just the abundance of human and natural resources.

Nigeria has oil and all kinds of solid minerals, in addition to a large and young population, but it is far from Japan or Singapore, for example, which have nothing but the abundance of leaders and of visionary, careful and dedicated citizens who see politics as a civic duty, which Obi & Co. are selling – against the cash-and-carry, arrogant, wasteful politicians who have squandered our assets and, apparently, have conquered and rendered our people helpless, desperate and resigned to fate, while crushing the country with mountainous moral and financial corruption.

Young people are the ones bursting with ideas and energy and should be the engine of the nation – never to be marginalized. They are the ones who innovate in science and technology, trade and industry, arts and culture, entertainment and sports and everything that makes society tick. In times of war, they are the ones who sacrifice their lives to defend the country. Fortunately, they constitute more than 70% of the Nigerian population.

Unfortunately, even their formal education could not be guaranteed by the old guard. Schools and the quality of education are nothing to write home about. Public universities have often been closed and, currently, have remained closed since February.
Young people have every right to adopt and champion those who are closer in age, who possess the requisite energy and background, and who meet the gold standard of modern leadership. The emerging cultural and paradigm shift (from the politics of predators to the politics of civic duty) is imperative for the salvation of Nigeria. Let every well-meaning citizen put aside tribe, religion and pecuniary interests to actualize it, before it’s too late!
Emma Nwosu.


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