The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Mr Danladi Salihu, has called on Nigerian youths to retire the old politicians in order to effect the desired change.
Salihu made the call in his reaction to the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the March 14 by-election into the Patigi constituency at the state House of Assembly.
The speaker said that since there was no retirement age in politics, the youths should initiate a way to retire the “senior one”.
“ In terms of politicking, we, the youth need to stand up on our feet. We lagging behind. We must therefore come up and take charge.
“In politics, there is no retirement age; then youths must find an initiative of how to retire the senior ones,’’ he said.
The 35-year-old speaker urged journalists to assist in preparing the youth for the national assignments.
“Journalists will also need to assist us in building the Nigerian youths. It is journalists that can do it.
“I know some of you are also interested in politics, please come and join us and go back to your constituency to contest,” he said.
This, he explained, was a message ahead of 2023 election that the youth must take charge of all the 24 seats at the state House of Assembly and the six House of Representatives seats from the state.
He decried the low rate of youth seeking political offices, saying “when you see the population at the polling units, it is youth and women that go to vote.’’
“But unfortunately, youths and women are not doing the right thing when it comes to seeking for political offices.
“For instance, there is no single woman among the 24 elected members of the state House of Assembly.
“So it is very bad, I call on the Nigerian youths, Kwaran youths that we must stand up to our feet and ensure that this change we are talking about is achieved.
“It is not the elders that will bring the change. Youth nowadays believe in civil service jobs rather than political participation,” he said.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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