Richard Ginika Izuora
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has advocated inclusion of more youths in the decision-making organ of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Gbajabiamila, made the call when the APC Lobby Committee on Youth Inclusion, visited him in his office on Thursday, September 16, in Abuja during which he commended the youths of the party for working together in unity.
He said that no far-reaching decision could be made without including youths in the decision-making of the party.
He said youths remained the future of the country; saying that was why whatever the lawmakers did in the National Assembly, they ensured that the interest youths were protected.
“The motion for Nigeria’s Independent was moved by a youth in his 20s; many also became commissioners and held other appointments as youths,” he said.
He said that power must be grabbed by the youth; but added that such would not cone through the use of force.
He recalled said there was a time he proposed that Ismail Ahmed, Chairman of the APC Youth Lobby Group, be the Chairman of the party because of his youthfulness.
Gbajabiamila said youths should be given opportunities in that capacity; adding that there were many youths appointed as committee chairmen in the House of Representatives.
“There is need to give the young ones a chance; but there is need to also consider experience which should not be sacrificed,” he said.
Ahmed, in his remarks said the party needed to make itself more attractive to the youths.
He said the new set of voters, from 18- 23 years, should be the party’s target; stressing that the era of “Sai Buhari” which gave the party’s victory with the popularity of the President was over.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari would no longer stand for reelection in 2023; hence, the party must strive to recruit youths from age 18.
He said his advocacy had done a bit of good by creating ways for youths in the party; and subsequently governance.