Ahead of the general elections slated for February 2019,a faith based organization Catholic Action Nigeria has called for greater participation of youths in politics particularly in elections into the elective positions in the polity.
The group made the call while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday in which the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the FBO Mr Peter Agbonetan said that Nigerian youths should be more involved in partisan politics to be able to determine the direction of the nation’s future and progress.
According to him, Nigeria has lost 20 years in her democratic experience and so all patriotic youths should take up the responsibility of deciding what they want from 2019 to 2039 another period of 20 years which they will determine the nation the next generation of youths would dwell in. He noted that Nigeria since its independence in 1960 has been facing a lot of problem including civil war, militancy, violent crimes and most recently unwarranted killing of the citizens in almost all parts of the country.
While decrying the insecurity in Nigeria presently, he expressed sadness that the United Nations Security Council estimated the deaths in Nigeria from January to April 2017 at over 700 and added that this has to stop. He added that these attacks on the citizenry have had an adverse effect on the growth and development of Nigeria economy and hinted that the choice of leaders based on character, competence and communication is very vital as we approach the 2019 general elections.
For elective positions in the country, the group has proposed a four year single term for the President, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors and five years for Senators and members of National and State Assemblies.
The group also called on the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to critically look into the security architecture of the nation and listen to the many calls of citizens to immediately reorganize the security apparatus. They further noted that freedom of the press is the cornerstone of every vibrant democracy and called for greater press freedom as well as protection of journalists and the journalism profession in Nigeria. While assuring of their determination to continue to interfere with relevant stakeholders before the election,the group said that the unity and development of Nigeria would not be traded with by any individual or group of persons in the nation’s body politic
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