A former High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana, Senator Musiliu Olatunde Obanikoro has challenged youths in Nigeria to always channel their revolving energy and skills to issues targeted at changing the current narratives in the nation’s politics.
Consequently, Obanikoro admonished the youths to champion more development-oriented programmes and campaigns that would promote good governance and further make political office holders accountable to the people.
Obanikoro stated this recently, in Ikeja, Lagos State, during a mentorship programme, titled “M.O Mentors Youths”, organized for a group of youth representatives between the age range of 18 and 35 years.
The Senator explained that the scope of the session was to ensure capacity development of youths drawn from various Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas of the State, with a view to equipping them with values that could enable them participate in governance and its process, effectively.
He added that the nation’s political sphere requires determined youths with innovation and drives which are the hallmarks of building a more prosperous nation.
The former High Commissioner to Ghana stated that his generation owe it a duty to mentor the youths, provide a healthy platform to aid their development, thereby redirecting their focus for sustainable development.
He decried the derth in creative thinking amongst youths, noting that the society could only witness more advancement when everyone engage political office holders through constructive criticism and desist from unnecessary praise singing.
Obanikoro pledged his commitment towards youth development with a view to preparing them for political interest, participation, and aspiration where they would be empowered to participate in the formulation of policies and development programmes.
According to him, “the social media should be a virile and viable platform for Nigerian youths to organize and coordinate themselves into major actors and players as they are in the majority”, he stressed.
The programme was attended by youth representatives across local governments and LCDAs in Lagos State.