THE President, Dynamic Youth Organization of Nigeria (DYON), Chief Elvis Obiekwe has assured Nigerians of fair and transparent general elections, come 2015, as DYON would partner Independent Electoral commission (INEC) to ensure that Nigerians votes count.
He also disclosed that DYON is compiling a list of unemployed Nigerian youths through its Youth Intervention Scheme (YUIS), and is also committed in efforts to ensuring that Nigeria never witnesses a situation as was the recent stampede at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) test centre. Excerpts:
By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
What informed DYON?
Through DYON, we would ensure fair, transparent and credible elections come 2015, and this we intend achieving by positively mobilizing the youth ahead of the polls to avoid any technical confusion.
It is obvious that the Nigerian government is failing in recognising and or realising the importance of the youth in sustaining national growth and political peace in the country.
DYON intends to empower youth and make them realize their importance to realising maximized economic growth and political peace in the country.
We are passionate in promoting youthfs interests and also responsible for ensuring that the youths are well-represented in government, and for fact that the future of Nigeria depends on them, DYON will not relent in efforts to harness the potentials of the youths towards national development, hence the decision to mobilize them ahead of the 2015 general elections.
How prepared are the youths ahead of the 2015 general elections?
We have already started mobilising youths across the country to participate effectively in the general elections, and arrangement is on to partner INEC and other stakeholders to ensuring the polls are free and fair.
DYON is prepared to encourage youths to vie for elective positions in 2015.
We cannot afford to sit on and watch a few selfish individuals decide the future of the country because the youths are the future of the country.
Nigerian youths have left governance in the hands of the old breed politicians who have continued to recycle themselves since the nation attained independence in 1960, and it is high time a change comes, and DYON is willing and ready to support any candidate or any political party whose manifestos seek to improve the lots of Nigerians.
How long has DYON been in existence?
DYON has been in existence for over 7 years, and is situated in all states of the Federation, and we have been actively involved in the countryfs elections since inception. The organisation has its headquarters in Lagos and conducts a monthly visit to youths who are in various prisons across the country.
In Nigeria today, we have youths who were imprisoned unjustly, and DYON has the capacity to ensure their cases are revisited and accorded fair hearing. One of those who enjoyed DYONhs unalloyed support while in prison was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late General Sani Abacha, Major Al-Mustapha.
What is the idea behind DYON’s compilation of lists of unemployed youths in Nigeria?
The idea is to source for employment for the alarming number of unemployed youths who are roaming the streets, in addition to cutting down on the high rate of crime in the country.
The tragic and or unfortunate incidence which occurred during the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment test clearly stated that Nigeria has more than half of her population unemployed. This is indeed shameful.
In view of this, it has become imperative for all hands to be on deck to ensuring that youthfs interests are well represented in the country, otherwise, angry youths may one day declare war against the ruling class.
The situation is so that Nigeria is presently sitting on a keg of gun powder due to the high rate of unemployment in the country, and on our part, DYON is bent on encouraging youths to be self-reliant and less dependent on the government for jobs.