Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has asked Nigerian youths to join politics in order to make the changes they desire.
Yemi Osinbajo made the call on Wednesday at a virtual forum where he interacted with Nigerian Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the vice president said the way to transform society is largely dependent on the actions and decisions of those who occupy public offices.
He urged young Nigerians to join politics, noting that “It took public office for me to be able to get the scale of change that is required to make a difference.”
He added, “Without public office, I would have remained a pressure group activist, I would have done some nice things, but I wouldn’t have been able to make the changes that my country required.
“The way to transform society is largely dependent on the actions and decisions of those who occupy public offices. This is why young people in Nigeria must get involved in politics.
“You need to go the extra length if you are not already involved, get involved in politics—while a lot can be achieved in civil society, government still holds the ace in terms of capacity and resources to bring social goods to the largest numbers.
“The consummation of our great ideas to transform our societies ultimately will depend on ‘those politicians’ as we sometimes derisively describe them.
“African nations and especially our country, cannot afford to have its best minds and most committed social activists remain only in the civil space. No, we simply can’t afford it, you have to get involved in politics. You have to be in the position to make the difference on the scale that is required.
“Of course, there are many who will not be involved in politics but those that are inclined should, and there will be many challenges even in the winning or getting heard in politics. But I want to say to you that it should be an objective that you should set for yourselves, to get involved at whatever level of politics so that you can make the difference on the scale that is required.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi had charged youths to remove their minds from politics and remain steadfast until they succeed in the pursuit of their dreams.