By Festus Ahon
ASABA-A socio-political pressure group, Ika Youth Assembly has urged old politicians to quit the stage for youths to take over the leadership of the country at all levels.
Briefing newsmen, yesterday at Agbor, Convener of the group, Mr Aliogo Chubuzor, said youths across the country were fed up with saturation of the political and leadership space by the elders whose “ideas have become senile thereby retarding growth and development”.
Chubuzor insisted that “if civil servants can be made to retire at a certain age or by a certain number of years in service, it will not be out of place for politicians to also quit the scene at some point in time to give the younger ones a chance.
“If you look at it very closely, you will observe that some of those personalities who were at the helm of affairs either at independence in 1960 or after the civil war between 1970 and 1985 are still around calling the shots in various positions of leadership.
He disclosed that the group would be organising the maiden edition of youth leadership understanding summit with the theme: ‘The Role of Youths in Politics and Good Governance and the Impact of Elected Office Holders in Community Development.’
Chubuzor said the summit which would draw discussants from various fields of endeavour, will hold at Agbor on September 30, 2017.
He said the aimed of the summit is to sensitise youths ahead of the 2019 general election, naming those expected at the summit to include; Mr Sam Obi, Mr Anthony Obuh, Mr Festus Okoh, Mr Tony Eleokwuri, Mr Wisdom Meddon, Mr Tony Alika, Mr Jommy Mamba, Mr Mike Ikeogwu and Mr Ifeanyi Aghaulor.
Others are Mr Eugene Uzum, Mr Festus Ofume, Mr Emeka Asiwe, Mr Iwegbu Justus, Mr Paul Alika, Mr Kius Nnamdi, Mr Michael Egwabor, Queen Wanda Monte.