By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Nigerian youths have been tasked to discard the practice of criticizing the act of governance without being actively involved but brace up, a contest for political positions to add value in the society.

The charge was given by the leadership of the New Nigeria People’s Party wants FG to beef up security ahead of yuletide (NNPP) while in the audience with some youths aspiring to contest political offices in 2023 at different levels under the platform of the party.

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Rev. Emmanuel Olorunmagba, in a statement issued shortly after a closed-door meeting with the youths said, “The party is proud of the vibrant youths that are already expressing interest in contesting at different levels. And we can confidently assert that the tides are changing already as more youths are beginning to aspire for political positions and not like they used to be, some Nigerian youths relegated themselves to merely social media commentators or political thugs used by politicians every four years in exchange for peanuts.

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“There is still need for more awakening so that more of our youths can go above sitting on the fence, only criticizing without working towards being involved at the center. In as much as constructive criticism is essential in any democratic society, the youths need to try as much as possible to avoid just focusing only on criticism without trying to get involved in governance. The nation is blessed with many youths that are so intelligent, highly endowed and that have cognitive experience through their involvement in businesses, organizations and leadership positions in other areas.”

He noted that “There is the need to understand the importance of having a party like the New Nigeria People’s (NNPP) that has been youth-friendly, allowing more youths (both male and female) to be involved in party administration as well as offering them the platform to contest for political positions and they also enjoy massive support from the party,” hence, “no youth can claim to want to be involved in governance, but have no platform to contest under, except such person is not qualified or not serious. NNPP is that political party that is always ready to give adequately qualified youths platforms irrespective of their status, ethnicity, or religious affiliation. We are one.”