The Afenifere for Collective Transformation (ACT) has demanded for a youth presidential aspirants toward the forthcoming General Election from All Progressive Congress (APC) in the country.
This statement was made known by the Director General of ACT, Prince Tolu Ajayi during the South-West Benefit Conference held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan, Oyo State.
He explained that the aspirant should have vibrant traits which the youth possessed.
“We belong to a generation that is endowed by God to build and develop the nation with their collective energy. We belong to a generation called the independent generation politically and economically.
“This generation has responsibility to provide food, build roads, and pass responsible information to the next generation. We belong to a generation that determines the model generation after us will replicate.
“We Afenifere for Collective Transformation demand from President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire ruling party APC to as a matter of must present to us a youth president to restore back the glory of the youth of Nigeria.”
In addition, the association made June 12 a day to urge the National Chairman of APC to be more patriotic by presenting a youth as president comes 2023.
In his words: “We have made June 12 a day 20,000 Nigerian youths will March to Abuja to present our message to the national chairman of APC to be more patriotic than ever by presenting a youth as president our country.
“We demand ambassadors at 35 – 55 years, we demand ministers at 35-55 years. We demand youths back into their original positions as independent generation. We demand that our fathers take the back seat as we lead our nation.”
He further stated the relevant of the association in re-energizing the youth potential by ensuring adequate youth inclusion in governance.
“ACT is a movement with the understanding that our generation and generation after us have been shortchanged, denied, abused, demoralized, cheated, assaulted, reprogrammed for evil, spiritually and physically, economically and politically maltreated by conditioning us to only do the bids in favor of the older generation, who have taken our space economically and politically in the name of godfathers whose major sacrifice is loyalty.
“Youths in Nigeria are not the real people they are expected to be. Youths in Nigeria now have a branded image of irresponsibility by the same generation that messed up with our God giving initiative to fit into their robotic program we unconsciously walk into.
“Youths are not born corrupt or fraudulent, but intimidated through unnecessary show of wealth by the generation expected to be custodians of the information we need to grow and engage positively with the society.
“I weep for my generation each time I hear information on crime, cyber fraud, kidnapping, examination malpractice, drug addiction, support trafficking for slavery, mass transit via illegal route abroad, poor job performance and so many acts of an inferior generation who have lost confidence in themselves.
“If we sincerely wish to show concern for our race, the time to act is now. We should not entertain any further engagement of supposed economically dependent generation in decision making and policy implementation for our nation, but engage them in advisory roles that can enable them function effectively as genuine custodian of information for the next generation.
Speaking at the Event, the Governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello represented by Head of Kogi Blueprint, Barrister Moses Okezie who spoke the role of youth in political affairs in the country.
Bello said if he has the opportunity to lead the country, he would genuinely fight insecurity in the country.
Present at the event includes: Lagos State delegation, ogun state delegation, ondo state delegation Osun state delegation , Ekiti state delegation, Kogi State delegation and Oyo state delegation who host the Event