….challenge leaders not to live today, tomorrow
By Caleb Ayansina
ABUJA – THOUSANDS of Nigerian youths, Friday, stormed the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to pray for the National unity, Security and well-being of the Nigeria’s Economy, as well as the health of President Muhammad Buhari.
The 3-Day fasting and prayer at the Eagle Square, Abuja, witnessed the influx of clegy men, both from the Muslim and Christian faith across the country with prayer for leaders: President, Vice President, Legislature, Judiciary, State Governors, Service Chiefs, among others.
They said it was so unfortunate that the older generation agreed that they (youth) are the future leaders, but some elders were currently living today and tomorrow which rightly belongs to their children.
Addressing the gathering, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Chief Makole Azugbene, who likened Nigeria’s situation to the Biblical story of Israelite, said “they were not content with lamentations but went down on their knees in one accord in prayers.
“Today, Nigeria our father land is faced with similar situations where our maximum efforts are yelding minimum results. The youth have been abused, used, misused and left despondent.
“Their hopes for a brighter day have evaporated in the whirlwind of corruption. They have watched helplessly as the gale of the theft of their Commonwealth has become the order of the day.
“Yet, rather than resort to violent, the youth have chosen the path of peace. The government of Nigeria owe the youth a debt of gratitude. The youth is the hope of this country and as such deserve special attention. Our leaders must not live their today and tomorrow that rightly belong to the youth.”
Also speaking, the Chairman, Forum of State Chairmen, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Amb. Sara-Igbe Sukubo said religious harmony is practicable in a multi-religious country like Nigeria.
He said, “We have indeed redefined the uniqueness of our diverse ethnicity as a fulcrum for National unity and strength.
“We have proven to Nigerians and the world at large that religious harmony is possible and practicable in a multi religious country, while it’s spiritual benefits can be harnessed to facilitate sustainable peace and development.”
Sukubo noted that the situation in the country warrants the need for the youth to stand for unity of Nigeria, and equally seek divine intervention.
According to him, “it is on the strength of this realization and in our patriotic determination to consciously aggregate our divers religious cut spiritual sacrifice on the altar of peace, that we as youths have blazed the trail by embarking on this all important National project.”
All the Chairmen of chairmen of NYCN, from the six geo political zones of Nigeria, unanimously called on Federal and state governments to seek way of empowering the youths genuinely to foster unity already established.
The Project Sponsor and Founder of Belema Foundation, Jack-Rich Tein, said one of the major challenges was that youth were not meaningfully engaged and misused of the available resources.
He emphasized the need “to develop our technological strength to enter our promise land together.”