By AYO ONIKOYI
Ace comedian and United Nations Millennium Development Goal Ambassador, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye has questioned the move of the former Vice President Abubakar Atiku in using the Nigerian youths in promoting his political drive to vie for the office of the President come the 2019 presidential election.
The humour merchant in a chat with Vanguard said the former Vice President should not use sentimental empathy on the youths to express his political ambitions, chronicling the former number two man’s political trajectory and pointing out that he has no sagacity to identify with the youths of the country.
“I am motivated to speak, based on your statement that a party that does not take the youths into account is a dying party. You said the future belongs to the young. Please, I ask sir, which of the future? Remarkably, between 1999 and 2007 that you were the Vice president of Nigeria, it is recorded that tertiary institutions witnessed several strikes that wasted seventeen months ,three weeks and three days. Within this period, what did you do?” said the ace comedian.
Sir, you are one of those that have immensely benefited from Nigeria since your birth in 1946. Having worked for 20 years with the Nigeria Customs where you retired at the age of 43 in 1989 as Deputy Director, your bucket list sure looks good because you were obviously employed at youthful age of 23.
In 1999 you became governor of Adamawa State and ultimately the Vice President, all of these you achieved at 53. What did you do during your time in that exalted position? When will the youths like in your time get a chance?” he added
Continuing, he emphasised that the former Vice President never truly had the interests of the youth at heart, accusing him of never implementing a programme in the interest of youths in the country.
“If social support were given to youths then, their children will be between 18 and 20 years during the 2019 elections,obviously they would have willingly voted for you or anyone that you endorse in 2019. This is the essence of making sacrifices for the future generation. You cannot be credited to have been philanthropic to the youths.The recent revocation of the NPA contract with Intel,your company,is the major issue. As a company either, the people in the region you operated cannot accredit Intel to have provided credible support for the youths or built skills acquisition centers to curb unproductivity as part of it’s cooperate social responsibility , which has resulted to many youths embarking on the sub- Sahara deserts route travel to Europe,which has claimed many lives”
“Your Excellency Sir Atiku Abubakar, please don’t use sentimental empathy on the youths to express your political ambitions,because by 2019 the youths are preparing to substantiate the real economical,political and progressive change. I kindly recommend that you should advocate for process that will afford us the opportunity of a youthful leadership in the 2019 election.”
I Go Dye is a recipient of many local and international honours which include United Nations Millennium Development Goal Ambassador; United Nations World Habitat Ambassador; 2017 African Child Prize; and listed among 100 Most Influential Persons in Africa by Global Icons and 100 Most influential Deltans among others.