SENATOR Abdulfatai Buhari representing Oyo North Senatorial District on Monday queried the youths’ readiness to actively participate in politics just as he expressed concerns over the newly enacted law – ‘Not too young to run’.
Refreshing your memory, the clamour for the younger generation to vie for elective offices in Nigeria got a major boast few months ago when a bill to amend the age requirements to run for office ‘Not too young to run bill’ was laid on the floor of the Senate on July 20th,2017 by the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and was later passed into law by the Senate on 26th July, 2017 and 27th July, 2017 by the House of Representatives respectively.
The lawmaker, Buhari stated this at a public lecture organised by the National body of the Federation of Oyo State Students Union (FOSSU) held at the Assembly Hall, The Polytechnic Ibadan.
According to the Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime there are fears over readiness of youths to take over from the elders as there are questions over whether they have political sagacity to challenge the elders and whether they possess the experience or the wherewithal to deliver.
In his lecture entitled: The Not Too Young To Rule Movement: Issues, Challenges and Prospects in View, Senator Buhari alerted Nigerian youths to the fact that “they need to equip themselves intellectually through training and retraining because leadership positions require sound education and a lot of experience”.
Speaking further, he urged them to take more and meaningful advantage of the internet and social media other than their present arrogance, uncoordinated and unproductive usage.
In his words, “in contrast, today Nigeria youths have lost focus and been relegated to ordinary internet warriors, e-rats, fraudsters and political thugs arguing subjectively, illogically and irrationally in support of their pay masters, ethic and religious colouration. Instead of using it as strength, they have turned it to triviality and use it to blackmail, defraud and all sort of immoralities”.
Senator Buhari also noted that the agitation for the younger generation to vie for elective offices in Nigeria got a major boost few months ago when a bill to amend the age requirement to run for office was passed into law by National Assembly.
In addition, he said the bill has paved way for a new Nigeria where younger people can run for elective positions and participate actively in decision making and nation building, stressing that a society that prepares its youths for the sake of the future aspirations will not only secure her future development but will prepare her next set of leaders with challenges of national unity and development.
He lamented that there are more than 20 African leaders that are aged above 70 years, describing African and mostly Nigerian youths as their own worst enemies. “Looking at their percentage and their numerical strength, they ought to be dictating who gets what, when and how in our political space but are not coordinated and lacks the political will to challenge the elders”.
Charging the youths to position themselves and show leadership qualities, emphasising that power is not served a la carte, Buhari, however enjoined the elders to handover the batton of leadership to the younger generation.
Also, in his remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Musa Abdulwasi, who was chairman of the occasion, promised that the House of Assembly will vote overwhelmingly for ‘Not Too Young to Run bill’ when the legislative process begins.
In his closing remarks, the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who was ably represented by his Special Assistant on Students, Fatima Hassan commended the students for organising such a programme that could spur youths into leadership. Ajimobi said the government would always put student matters at the fore front of policy decisions.
The event marking this year’s 57th Independence anniversary had in attendance, the Caretaker Chairman of Itesiwaju Local Government, Hon. Niyi Adeagbo; former Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Media, Dr Festus Adedayo; Special Assistant to the Governor on Statistics, Ayuba Mayowa; Caretaker Chairman, Ogbomoso South West LCDA, Hon. Adeyemo Adedeji Abiodun; Former Chief of Staff, Razak Gbadegesin among others.
#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday
President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.
This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana
According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari
”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.
#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough
The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.
Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.
She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.
“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.
She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.
The APC chieftain continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.
“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.
Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.
“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.
“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.
Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.
Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery
Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed.
In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.
“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”
Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.
“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”
In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.
“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.
“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”
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