Youths under the umbrella of the Nigeria Youths in Politics (NYP) have called on northern politicians to back their southern counterpart to produce the next president in the interest of peace and national cohesion.
NYP said they will mobilise their numbers to ensure that the next president after Muhammadu Buhari comes from the south.
He spoke during Youths Stakeholders’ Conference in Lagos.
NYP Vice President (Southwest) Desmond Olufowobi said they were out to set a new agenda for the nation after the leaders have deprived them from taking part in politics, and continuously divide them along political, ethnic and religious lines.
According to Olufowobi, youths have been monitoring the body language of some of politicians and leaders who are calling for northern politicians to run in 2023, warned that such moves must be stopped to prevent the country from the verge of crisis.
He said the only way to douse the current ethnic tension is to support a southern presidency.
He called on youths to show more interest in politics.
He added that the youth can contribute to the economic, political and social development of the country if only they are educated and empowered.
Olufowobi said that most youths prefer to be in the entertainment industry or to partake in acts of thuggery than to participate fully in politics.
He blamed this on the country’s education system which hlopment e said has not encouraged the youths to take part in politics.
President of the Nigerian Youths Alternative Council, Nixon Chukwuka Odimbu, said it was time for youths to participate in politics, either actively or passively.
One of the speakers at the conference, Faruk Musa Muhammad, the Senior Special Adviser to the Niger State Governor on Political Strategy and Youth Engagement, said when the elites refused to join in politics, they would one day sit down and have the illiterates decide their future.
Muhammad advised youths to join politics.