BY EBUN SESSOU
NIGERIAN youths have been called upon to make a positive change that would reflect on the country’s fortune and be ready to wrestle power from the aged so as to make the country a better place.
The call was made by the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji while delivering a paper entitled: 100 years of Nationhood: the Roles of the Youth in Politics and National Development, as a guest lecturer at the Public Lecture & Award of Excellence organised by the Students’ Union Government, University of Ibadan at Trenchard Hall, Ibadan, Oyo State.
While addressing the youth on national development, he said the youths must possess the needful knowledge and skills required for them to save the country from its present predicament, adding that the present status of Nigeria and its antecedents call for highly skilled professionals that would steer the development of the nation.
According to him, “the ability of a nation to rise and consolidate the gains of globalisation lies in training and educating the youths, particularly in leadership and development programmes.
Ikuforiji who admitted that Nigeria enjoyed the best leadership during the period when the youths were in control especially during the era of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Festus Okotie-Eboh among others, noted that the youths cannot be isolated from governance and national development.
The Speaker who wondered where the trend of youth engagement in proper develoment of the country went wrong, said there is urgent need for the youth to retrace their steps and redirect the current system.