Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says if young Nigerians do not run for office in the 2023 parliamentary elections, they will not be able to win.
Osinbajo was observed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant for National Assembly Affairs ( Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare.
Omoworare represented Osinbajo at the opening of a two-day retreat for young federal and state legislators held in Lagos on Monday.
He said that Government had prepared and equipped young people’s skills as future leaders.
According to him, President Buhari’s approval of the “Not-Too-Young-to-Run” law should ensure more participation of young people in parliament and in the Government in general.
“In preparation for the 2023 parliamentary elections, we need to recognize that increasing youth participation should not be mere rhetoric.
” Power i st never passed on a plate. If you don’t bid, you can’t win. We also have to register in order to be able to vote.
“The essential thing is to ensure that young people participate in the democratic process and also in parliamentary processes,” said Omoworare.
< p> He called on young people who were ready to throw their hats into the ring in 2023, to join political parties or to found new ones.
He said that the number of young people eligible to vote was still very low and stressed that their turnout on election days has always been abysmally low.
According to him, young people in other climates volunteer to mobilize voters for the registration process for political parties; they solicit votes and attend conventions and conventions of political parties.
Omowor urges parliamentarians at the national, state, and local levels to promote the youth internship and mentorship culture in order to promote enduring legislative practice .
He said this would make democracy, leadership, governance, peace building and legislative strengthening a continuum.
Osinbajo said youth participation in democratic processes is new Bringing ideas, generating public interest, ensuring efficiency and promoting good governance.
As young people bring new ideas, he believes this will boost the economy, promote democracy and strengthen the legislative process. < / p>
“The participation of young people in the democratic and legislative processes will give us better democracy and the possibility of Nigeria to make it a bigger country, “he added.
Earlier in his welcoming address, Dr Vladimir Kreck, resident R representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German foundation financed by the German government, said, their mission is to promote democratic processes and good governance.
“Following our mandate, there were no concerns about a partnership with the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the National Assembly and the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies ( NILDS) to organize this seminar.
“Young people are the majority in Nigeria. There is no doubt that young people are and will remain an important political factor in Nigeria.
“It is no secret that many young people today are dissatisfied with the ruling elite in Nigeria,” said Kreck.
According to him, the youth as the largest social group in Nigeria’s population is severely underrepresented in parliaments, governments and political party committees.
Kreck, who noted that the youth had little or no vote in making political decisions, said in Nigeria that the elections in 2023 should give young people a political voice.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the withdrawal will be attended by young incumbent MPs from across the country .
The closed conference was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with NILDS and the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of the National Assembly.