By Lamidi Bamidele
Youths have been urged to stop showing apathy towards politics and take active part in the process of building a new political consciousness for the overall development of the country.
The Oyo State coordinator of a political movement christened Nigerian Youths Take Over, Mr Dayo Malomo, made the plea recently at the inauguration of the group in Iseyin, in the Oke Ogun area of the state.
Malomo said it was high time youths began to display strength and show their readiness to take the reins of power from the old establishment and galvanize a vibrant political system wherein the interests and welfare of all and sundry would be guaranteed.
“This platform is created to bring youths nationwide together and ready them to take over political power and the first step in doing this is by obtaining our voter’s card,” he added.
At the event, Mr Dapo Babatunde was elected as the coordinator of the movement in Oke Ogun and was sworn in by the state coordinator, Malomo.
A spokesman for the youths in the area, Alhaji Isiaq Kolajo from Isalu district of Iseyin Local Government Area, in a remark, said if youths must take over the affairs of the country, “it is a collective responsibility of every one of us, regardless of our political affiliation.
“This is an environment where governance and other affairs that have to do with to our common destiny as a people are highly politicised. Let me, at this juncture, encourage every one of us to get our permanent voter cards and mobilise others to get theirs.
“Youths should dissociate themselves from political hooliganism and come up with articulated ideas that can earn us a good government.
“Politics, they say, is a dirty game but I believe that ideas rule the world. I want advise every one of us to join a political party and have a better understanding of the game,” Alhaji Kolajo said.