By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—FORMER member of the House of Representatives and Ekiti State Governorship aspirant, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has warned that Nigeria’s future may be bleak if the governments failed to put in place strong policies that would make the youths economically conscious.
He said non-implementation of youth-friendly programmes by governments has made Nigerian youths irrelevant in nation-building.
On the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti State, Bamidele said he is not banking on money to buy delegates to be able to win the May 5 primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Bamidele spoke, weekend, while delivering a lecture entitled: ‘’Good Leadership: The Antidote to Bad Governance’’ at the 2018 edition of the Annual Shift Conference organized by Brandsera Consult in Ado Ekiti.
In the lecture, the governorship aspirant urged leaders to direct the affairs of the followers with utmost “transparency, accountability and equity”, so that the voice of the vulnerable could be heard.
According to Bamidele, “the fact that the not too young to rule bill failed to scale the hurdle at the federal legislature had not in any way reduced the power of the youth to bring about paradigm shift in the politics of the nation..
“The law as it is today still guarantees youth participation in the electoral process and we can always build and improve on that. By virtue of our constitutional provisions, our youths will ever remain relevant because once you are 18, you have political relevance and eligible to vote while at 21 they can vote and be voted.
“ If you look at the law, once you are 25, you can contest for Local Government chairmanship, House of Assembly and House of Representatives. At 30, you can contest for elections to the Senate; at 35, you can run for governorship while at 40, you can run for presidency.
“If you look at the structure, if you start from the lower rung, you must have been well groomed in leadership before reaching the peak. So, our youth shouldn’t be hopeless.”