June 2, 2017

How Nigerian youths can gain political power – Akinlaja

How Nigerian youths can gain political power – Akinlaja


‘It is not enough to say that youths must take over, Nigerian youths must be in charge, do the talking as well as the acting.’

These were the words of Hon. (Dr.) Joseph Akinlaja, the honourable member representing Ondo west and Ondo East Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.

Akinlaja said this at the Democracy Day program of the Students’ Union Government, SUG, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

Defining the role of youths in democratic dispensation, he noted that participation in democracy goes beyond politics and extends to areas as civil rights campaign, Education Rights Movement, Health and Environmental Vanguard, Entrepreneurship, Community Development Groups and many others.


‘Politics is just one section; there are more sectors where you as a youth can be more useful and instrumental to national development and democratic advancement in Nigeria,’ he emphasised. Speaking further, he defined the two key roles of Nigerian youths in gaining political power as establishment of youth structures and providing intermediate political link.

He said: ‘There is need for unity of purpose among youths if the agitation for taking over is taken serious. If youths that constitute about 70% of Nigerias population can build a viable and formidable structure, it won’t take a year to democratically dismantle the old order.

‘Let me say it here, that the #NottooYoungtoRun campaign is a step in the right direction and a worthy campaign if youths can come together to push it through. Its a step in the right direction. ‘To push through the democratic culture, youths can take up the challenge of establishing a political link

or cord, linking the local population with the youth structures to make real the quest for democratic transition from the old order to the young generation.

‘Politics transcends sermonizing and countless speeches and writings on the pages of newspapers as well as agitations in the media. Politics is a practical game that starts from making yourself relevant in your streets, units, wards and local governments. It’s about building structures, not talking. Many of us didn’t get to where we are today by mere talking.

He further enjoined youths to be prepared for leadership position as responsibility could beckon on them anytime.