Dec 4, 2022

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How possible? The dilemma of building a new Nigeria by Hamzat Lawal – Legit.ng

Editor’s Note: Hamzat Lawal, an activist, in this statement deplored the poverty rate in Nigeria. He argued that as a young Nigerian he had to do something to save the situation the country was in.

Just like the life cycle of a butterfly, my life revolved around transformations. The metamorphosis is as organic as it is radical. However, sometimes the transitions in a butterfly’s life aren’t just about growth; but also a normal response to the environment—an adaptation for survival. In my case, this is both a response to society’s misnomer – the threat of corruption, lawlessness and lack of consequences – and an unstoppable internal clock that prompts me to raise my voice and spurs me on to speak out for my use generation . Now the push is stronger than ever, tick tock, tick tock.

The World Poverty Clock shows that around 90 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty – roughly half the population. Thinking Out Loud – If poor Nigerians could make up a country, they would be far more than the population of Germany. In another amazing flip, if all poor Nigerians voted for one candidate during a presidential election, they would garner enough votes to sit in their favorite leader. Interestingly, no presidential candidate has ever received more than 30 million votes. This then means that changing Nigeria’s electoral narrative is crucial to running a healthy country.

The root of poverty lies in the denial of basic necessities such as food, education and health care , sanitation and rudimentary assets. Evidence shows that solving these fundamental problems is powerful enough to lift people out of extreme poverty. This transformation requires political leadership at all levels of government. More importantly, at the peak of power is the national leadership, which has the duty to determine or affect the fate of the entire country.

As I did with the hamzat Lawal 35 Symposium I am compelled to find a way to solve these existential problems that continue to plague our country Nigeria. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they become aware of their God-given purpose, for which all past work and life experiences manifest as training camp to prepare them for the ultimate task. I have progressed from my young days as a boy scout to a boy scout, a secondary school prefect, an elementary school teacher, a cyber cafe attendant, an information technology specialist and a civil society activist, a climate change activist, an anti-corruption activist, a community organizer and mobilizer, a citizen of the world and now a political activist. At this point in my life, I firmly believe that this is my mission.

Nigeria is at a crossroads. One would think that the hard work and sacrifices of our past heroes, shadows of previous wars, achievements and misdeeds would haunt those who slowly and directly contributed to harming our nation, with no regard for the consequences or the future. However, I still believe that we as a people are on the brink of a great upheaval. We stand on the cusp of history and we will be honored to take the right step alongside patriotic Nigerians as Africa awaits.

I look forward to working with institutions and individuals to mobilize 40 million Nigerians to vote for a candidate in the 2023 general election. This is the beginning of building a better Nigeria – the election of a person of character who has the will, integrity and vision to lead this country’s cause in the right direction. The average Nigerian is powerful enough to initiate change – any eligible person can easily put their thumb on the ballot to vote for the right candidate. This is a call to awaken our collective political consciousness. To all young Nigerians who are just as passionate about transforming Nigeria’s next phase, join me in shaping the conversations and debates around 2023.

The Notes the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). that there are more than 80 million registered voters, but fewer than 30 million people voted in 2019. A blatant misrepresentation of this sort begs the question, why didn’t the remaining 50 million plus voters show up to the polling booth to redefine Nigeria’s future?

I hope boy To inspire people to make things happen, not just through political power, but through goodwill, consensus, dialogue, debate, consultation, engagement; Use of the various relevant channels and platforms in digital, media and civil society spaces. I am confident that with our collective votes we can win over the majority of Nigerians with voting cards (PVC) to exercise their willpower in this critical election season.

There are many young people who do not realize the powers they will have to advance a foreseeable future for Nigeria and the value they can bring. This lack of foresight has turned them into tools in the hands of corrupt politicians. These young people are on the streets, causing chaos, harassing other citizens, and carrying out the selfish and insensitive wishes of politicians.

Therefore, my mission is to shed light on how young people can use their unique skills to build this country. We will counteract voter apathy and do our best to rekindle hope for a better Nigeria.

Nevertheless, I’m not only interested in shaping the year 2023. I’m also involved for building the next generation of leaders who will join me in changing this nation’s development narrative and trajectory. I am convinced that the most practical way to achieve this is to help young citizens benefit directly from Nigerians who have thrived in the various sectors such as business, politics, media and civil society. People like Ewah Eleri of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED); Nuhu Ribadu, anti-corruption pioneer at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); and Atedo Peterside, the finance guru who founded Stanbic IBTC Bank at the age of 33.

I was not yet 25 when I founded Connected Development (CODE), and its flagship social accountability initiative, Follow The Money (FTM). Through persistence, focus, and partnership with the right people, I have been able to overcome any challenge to serve my nation and humanity. I am grateful that this social accountability movement has carved a crucial niche in the social space. Now that I’m 35, I see countless opportunities ahead of me, and I also recognize that my age has also outgrown many opportunities.

So, Hamzat Lawal from CODE and Follow The Money has morphed into Hamzat Lawal from Nigeria. But with this development comes an enormous responsibility. I’m a bit afraid of the future because, despite my experience, I can’t boast that I’m sure of the next concrete step. However, I am driven by an insatiable hunger to stand up for what is right.

I will continue to advance towards an intergenerational consensus that seeks to enshrine justice and fairness while embracing global values ​​Best Practices to elevate Nigeria to the community of nations. I believe that key institutions including civil society, media, government and the private sector have a crucial role to play in unlocking Nigeria’s potential.

I have not afraid to fail and I recognize that most of the time success is achieved by being outside of your comfort zone. I’m ready to trudge the trail again. As I fit into the future, my journey is about mobilizing, organizing and educating people to understand their power, voice and voice. It’s also about improving their knowledge of how to become icons for local, state and national governments.

Ultimately, it’s about identifying hidden talents among young Nigerians . There are many gifted young Nigerians who are blessed with key potential to unlock the doors to the new Nigeria. Ewah Eleri found me; I want to discover other people. I am young and ready to serve.

Indeed, I am still evolving on this journey to a new Nigeria. I pray for divine guidance. I also consult with mentors. I hope for a clear direction. But for now, the purpose is clear. As shown in China, an educated, healthy and resilient youth is the best catalyst for growth. As a leader, I’ve built influence; integrity and credibility is my watchword; grateful to have a global network on call and now I am looking for profitable partnerships to help build a new Nigeria. The work is easier when we strive together.

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