2023: We’ll Never Be Manipulated Again, Nigerian Youths Vow
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Nigerian youths have blamed themselves for the current high level of insecurity, unemployment, poverty, and hardship under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari
The youths blamed non-engagement with governance, politics and public policy for bad leadership in the country and have vowed to create a better future for the country’s large youth population by becoming more active ahead of the 2023 general elections.
This was the resolve of Nigerian youth at the first Elevating Youth Voices Virtual Summit hosted by Prof. Kingsley Moghalu-led Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET).
Musical and movie stars such as Jude (“MI”) Abaga, Kate Henshaw, Regina Askia Williams and Joseph Benjamin, as well as social media opinion leaders and #EndSARS activists Sandra Ezekwesili, Rinu Oduola, Catherine Obianuju ( “DJ Switch”) Udeh, and technology lawyer Timi Olagunju were some of the popular faces at the event.
Speaking at the event which sought greater youth engagement to improve governance, M.I, said, “We can’t afford not to use our platforms for change. “Just because someone knows how to manipulate the elections game doesn’t mean they will be good for us.
Today, I can see how the ignorance of our young people about how elections are won affects the quality of our lives.” Prof. Moghalu had earlier urged young Nigerians to take control of the present in order to shape the future.
“With unemployment at 33% and 40 million youth unemployed or underemployed, 100 million living in extreme poverty, and United Nations demographics projecting a population of 400 million by 2050, what does the future hold for our young people who make up nearly 70% of Nigeria’s population? The future is now, and you must colonize it and shape it for the better”, he said.
Actor Joseph Benjamin, added, “We have a duty to engage with public policy and we have a duty to sensitize the people, but we as influencers must be careful about what we lend our voices to, because it also affects our brand”.
In her speech, DJ Switch, who played a prominent role in the #EndSARS protests and is now in hiding for her safety from the Nigerian government, criticized creative industry influencers who hobnob with corrupt politicians while criticizing bad governance.