The Kingsley Moghalu Youth Initiative, under the Isaac Moghalu Foundation, held its inaugural summit on Tuesday 6 February, 2018 at the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic research and Development, Kano.
Themed ‘The role of Nigerian Youths in the Quest for Political and Economic Transformation’, the event was held in collaboration with Towards An Intellectual Tomorrow Initiative, a youth group in Nigeria focused on driving youth participation in governance, policy formulation and economic transformation.
Giving his keynote speech titled ’60 million Youths, So What?’ the former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, and Founder, Institute of Governance and Economic Transformation, Professor Kingsley Moghalu highlighted the importance of youth involvement and participation as an important measure in driving economic growth and development in Nigeria.
“Nigerian youths have the perfect opportunity to reclaim their future next year. It is time to stand up and get involved. This is the time to participate by voting competent and experienced leaders with ideas, demand accountability and shun tribalism. With structural politics and strategic youth organisation, Nigeria can defeat money politics, godfatherism and other negative factors that influence elections,” he said.
The former Central Bank Director called on Nigerians to ignore political messiahs and unrealistic promises, emphasizing the need for effective and true reform that would produce sustainable development for citizens.
The event had a panel session with influential guests such as Professor Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Dr. Usman Bugaje, Convener, Arewa Research & Development Project (ARDP); Farza Shehu, Managing Editor, Telescope Magazine; Barrister M.K Lukman, and Professor Kingsley Moghalu.
Speaking at the event, Professor Attahiru Jega also called for unity among the youths, explaining that it was necessary to organise voters and communities for true and effective change, stating that citizens should demand true and competent leadership.
Giving the final remarks, Dr. Usman Bugaje advised youths in Northern Nigeria to take charge of their lives and educate themselves, especially in the Quran and Arabic Language. According to the former Special Adviser to the President on Politics, this would allow them counter regressive teachings and ideals from Islamic radicals.