Director of Political and Democratic Matters of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Obinna Nwaka, has charged youths to shun cultism and promote good governance.
He gave the charge recently during the 2nd Annual Conference of the Council held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
The event, which was equally used to mark the 61st birthday of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had many dignitaries across the nation’s political sphere in attendance.
Nwaka, however, alleged that the rights of youths had been trampled upon and neglected, despite the fact that youths constituted 65 million of the nation’s total population.
He urged them to shun unnecessary competition, mismanagement of office, unproductive activism on social media as well as making unguarded statements.
Nwaka also told the youth to avoid “political thuggery, selection of wrong leaders, involvement in corruption, poor participation in electoral matters and nonchalant attitude on important issues that determine the future of the unborn generation.”
In his goodwill message, a presidential aspirant for the 2019 elections, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, challenged the youth to tackle poor leadership bedeviling the county and stop blaming the old generation for corruption and poor leadership when they “can improve the system through effective leadership.”
“It is high time the youths proved themselves and become productive because they are the ones being affected the most.
“The days of sharing money in Ghana-must-go bags are over. I will share Ghana-must-go bags full of ideas on how to move Nigeria forward. I have written a book and mapped out plans to make Nigeria better if elected to lead this county in 2019,” he said.