The Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says it is determined to enthrone youth leadership in the 2019 general elections.
The Deputy National President NYCN, Comrade Innocent Nduanya said this during council’s congress held in Gombe State.
Comrade Nduanya emerged the deputy of the body while Mr Bello Shagari is the National President of NYCN.
Speaking with newsmen in Awka, Anambra State, on the outcome of the Congress, he expressed the resolve of the new leadership to liberate youths from the shackles of political slavery imposed on them by successive governments.
Nduanya said part of its mandate was to ensure that youths clinched 60 per cent of the Governorship, State and National Assembly seats in the 2019 elections.
“The Mr Bello Shagari-led NYCN has resolved to liberate Nigerian youths politically in 2019.
“We will meet with the national chairmen of all the political parties to make sure that 60 per cent of their party tickets were given to youths.
“Our visit to them will be to ask for drastic reduction in the prices of nomination and expression of interest forms for youths.
“They must also fund them for the election and ensure that youths emerge as Governors, State and National Assembly members and even Vice President of the country,” he said.
Mobilisation and sensitisation
Nduanya said the body was ready to mobilise Nigerian youths in support of political parties that project youths as their candidates.
“We are going to embark on tour of the country to mobilise and sensitise the youth towards the 2019 election and how to get the elections right.”
“Any party that does not recognise the importance of youth in the 2019 general elections will not have its way.
“Our political elders should encourage the youths to take over and give youths opportunity to run the political affairs of the country,” the Deputy National President said.
He said majority of youths in the country were qualified, equipped and were ready for political leadership, but lacked funds and support from the political elders.
While urging youths to be principled and have vision, Nduanya further enjoined them not to see their financial challenge as an obstacle to remain as thugs or political tools in the hands of political elders.
He urged youths to key into the agenda of NYCN to liberate them from political bondage, noting that government’s skill acquisition programmes alone would not take them to political leadership.
“I want to also advise youths not to be deterred by the political developments going on in the country but to remain focused on the target,” he added.
The deputy president, who called for unity of purpose among Nigerian youths, also charged them to obtain their Permanent Voters Card as a prerequisite for enthroning youth leadership in the country.