From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt youths have strongly demanded a youthful president and governors to oversees the affairs of the country and the various states respectively.
The youths, under the aegis of the Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly (COSMBYLA), in a statement jointly signed by Goodluck Ibem, leader of the group and President, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), Terrence Kuanum, Coordinator Forum of Middle Belt Youth Presidents, Shittu Waheed,
Coordinator, South West Youth Leaders’ Forum (SWYLF) and Tito Zokumor, President, South South Youth Forum (SSYF) in Owerri, yesterday, said only the youths can transform the bad economy of the country if elected into power in 2023.
“Electing youths who have distinguish themselves in their various fields of endeavours remains the panacea that will bring our dear country out of the woods.
“It is on record that when Nigeria was on the path of progress and development, youths were in-charge of the helm of affairs. General Yakubu Gowon was military head of state at the age of 27. Dim Odimaegwu Ojukwu was 33 when he was in-charge of Eastern Region. These leaders contributed positively to the growth of their regions and the nation at large.
“Of the truth, the nation feed well when young, energetic and vibrant young men and women were in-charge of governance and leadership positions. The nation’s independent that we are enjoying today was made possible by Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Eni Njoku and others who were youths at that time. They worked assiduously and fought gallantly to actualised our independence as a nation in 1960.
“The positive contributions and impacts of our youths to our nation building cannot be overemphasised. The youths are key to national development and growths. They are the agents of change, progress and sustainable peace.
“Vibrant, visionary and energetic youths elected as governors and president will birth a new Nigeria and lead the country to the promise land. The youths have the capacity to bridge the gap of leadership deficit, divisions, and ethnic hate that is a fly in the ointment and damper to the progress and development of the nation.
“When youths were at the helm of affairs, 524 dollars was exchanged at N1. And now that the youths have been relegated to the background and completely excluded from governance and leadership positions, one dollar is now exchanged for N524. The situation is really pathetic.
“We call on youths to rise and take the bull by the horn by coming out to take up leadership positions. The time to complain and murmur is over. Enough is Enough. We must take what is rightfully ours. The time is now,” they said in the statement.