Youths in Nigeria have been charged to get involved in democracy and the democratic process of Nigeria pointing out that for the country to get out of the current political logjam, active participation by the youths is a must.
This was the resolution arrived at the Young Leaders Forum which took place at Ota on Saturday April 21st 2018.
Speaking at the forum, Dean School of Science, Babcock University Prof Dele Fapounda said youth participation should not be unionized but must be seen as a necessity for a better nation.
Ogun West Senatorial Chairman of Accord party Elder Ola Olugbenga opined that the youths need to get involved as indoor agitations and criticism is not enough saying that every youth needs to get involved in politics.
Life coach and public speaker, Abiodun Ogundele implored all to watch the way we proliferate political parties saying some political parties should not have been created as there are too many political parties that are not serious.
On the issue of a youth being president in 2019, social critic and cinematographer Akanni Oladimeji Balogun said youths should forget being president in 2019 asking that being strategic towards 2023 is key first.
'Let's forget the 2019 presidency, the truth is, there are lots of things involved in gunning for presidency of a country, it requires strategic planning, thinking and action, I don't see us being ready for 2019, we can push for house of representatives and Senate first and then we can make necessary changes to our laws and build a strong force' Balogun said.
Social commentator and Girl child advocate Folasewa Olatunde charged all to support credible candidates who will partner with credible people to make the required policies and changes to every aspects of our national life.
The Ogun state house of Assembly aspirant for Sagamu 1 state Constituency Joseph Ogunleye sued for peace in politics saying his ambition to serve the people of Sagamu is not a do or die affair. He enjoined youths to eschew violence, embrace peace and learn to tolerate each other's political difference.
On her part, the House of Representatives aspirant for Remo Federal Constituency Motunrayo Adebayo said her intentions for going into the race does not include the nomenclature honourable, she has always wanted to serve her people which is what informed her decision.
The convener of the forum and aspirant for the house of representatives for Ado Odo Ota Federal constituency Asiwaju Abayomi Oke while thanking the panelists and participants said he owes it to the youths and the younger generation to inculcate in them a sense of responsibility for nation building.
'We cannot have a great nation if we don't develop in ourselves the sense of responsibility and duty to our country. We cannot continue to have a generation that should be involved in advisory role actively being involved in nation building and running our country like we are in the 60s, we need to take up responsibilities as youths.' Asiwaju added.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Director of Media for the Asiwaju Campaign Team Ajewole Bejide thanked everyone for coming saying the program is one of the many lined up by the Asiwaju Campaign Team to educate, inform and stir to consciousness the youths so they can be provoked to ACT.