Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa), an NGO, says it is supporting 230 young aspirants from South West region, in different political parties, to participate in 2023 General Elections.
The Youth Initiative for Defense, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa), an NGO, says it is supporting 230 young hopefuls from the Southwest region, in different political parties, to participate in the 2023 general elections.
According to him, the initiative, in collaboration with the Not Too Young To Run Movement, is to provide the support, inspiration and solidarity necessary for competent leadership in the country.
Mr. Samson Itodo, Executive Director, YIAGA Africa and Convenor, Not Too Young to Run Movement, spoke with the Nigerian News Agency in Lagos at CONVERGENCE 3.0, the largest gathering of young aspirants in Southwest Nigeria.
The convergence 3.0 series had as its theme: “Leadership, Politics, Elections”.
Itodo said: “Young people have been willing to participate in political activities in the country.
“We have seen young people who have been victorious in the past elections and have shown leadership in the House of Assembly in various states, including in the National Assembly.
“So for anyone who thinks it is impossible for young people to be unprepared, we are just making a bold statement.
“We are providing the evidence that young people are ready because they want to provide the excellent public leadership that Nigeria deserves at this time.
“Most of them are already joining political parties, they are fully ready, they have protested, they are registering to vote and they are indicating interests.
“Anyone who says that young people are unprepared should come to us and we will show them that there are young people in different parts of the country who are fully prepared for positive leadership,” Itodo said.
Also speaking, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin, Speaker of the Oyo State Legislative Assembly, praised the positive impact of the Not Too Young To Run movement in contributing to increasing youth participation in politics.
“Convergence 3.0 is brilliant.
“The work they have done is impressive and what they have achieved is to capture the interest of youth for active politics.
“Therefore, I am very happy and happy with the participation of young people and the support for young people in politics, as well as with the interest shown.
“I am pleased with the event organizers for harnessing the potential of future leaders,” said Ogundoyin.
Mr. Jude Abaga, a Nigerian rap musician popularly known as MI, highlighted some important tips on rights and franchises that participants should be aware of.
“Number one, every child born in your constituency must receive an education to have a chance in the world. It is a non-negotiable.
“The second thing is that you can’t keep half the population in a bad economy and expect the electorate to prosper; women must also participate economically and be self-sufficient.
“The third thing is that every Nigerian has an incredible ability to grow, be resourceful and solve problems for himself if he feels safe,” he said.