A former member of NASS, Hon. Olorogun Solomon Uhrhoboyovwe Ahwinahwi, called for a deliberate policy to encourage quality participation of youths at all levels of governance, just as he urged the federal and state government to listen to the voice of Nigerian youths and take definite actions to assuage their grievances.
Speaking exclusively to newsmen, Hon. Ahwinahwi, who is also the Ezomo of Agbarho Kingdom, while commiseration with the families of those who lost their lives in the recent #ENDSARS protest that rocked the nation, especially the Lekki tragedy, submitted that it is time for Nigeria to consciously intimate constitutional, legal and institutional policies that would ensure that youths are meaningfully and adequately represented in the political leadership of the country, at all levels, and in other vital national organs and institutions of national importance.
Ahwinahwi, who was first elected into the House of Representatives as a youth to participate in government in 2007, further said, the time is ripe to bring in quality and capable youths to help in decision-making to drive the Nigerian dream, cause national rebirth and the emergency of a new Nigeria that is devoid of ethnic, political, religious and social partisanship.
Hear him, “Today’s youths are not only passionate and patriotic about Nigeria but are highly intelligent, educated and have proven to have high political awareness. When they gathered recently at Lekki, Abuja, Warri and other places what they preach was the need for a new Nigeria that we will all be proud of. They never preached ethnicity, politics’ or religion.
We saw how the Christian provided cover for the Muslims during their jumat service at the protest grounds, and the Muslim too participated in Christian Sunday service in Lagos, Abuja and other protest ground.
That’s highly commendable it shows the true Nigerian spirit of unity in spite of our ethnic, political, ideological and religious diversities”.
Continuing, he said “That’s a great plus to Nigerian youths, who have also shown that they possess entrepreneurial spirit and are go-getters.
You are a witness to their organizational abilities, efficiency and peacefulness during the #ENDSARS protest, notwithstanding that hoodlums later tried to disrupt and hijack the protest. I believe it is time for the country to listen to them and give them a sense of belonging.
It is time for the county and her leadership to constructively harness the technical, moral, mental, intellectual and social resources available to present day Nigeria youths in achieving a stronger, greater and exploit the.
We need to constructively explore and exploit the dynamism of Nigerian youths to achieve national goals, mission and vision”.
Hon. Ahwinahwi further called on the federal government, including the legislative to immediately set into motion concrete machineries and instruments that will facilitate the inclusion of qualified and capable youths into leadership and politics. ‘I am confident that if given the opportunity the youths will enrich governance and public service because they have new ideas that will transform our beloved county, the maritime magnate said.
Ahwinahwi, who also called on the federal government to soothe the youths by practically engaging them, using what he termed, the ‘concerned and loving father-child’ approach, also call on the youths to continue to be peaceful in their demands.
He condemned the activities of hoodlums who used the peaceful protest to embark on looting and destruction of private and public properties.
“Those who looted and destroyed public and private properties, and embarking on killing spree are definitely not the peaceful protesters that we saw at Lekki, Abuja and other places across the country. Their activities are a great dishonor to that of the organized and peaceful protesters.
On employment, Hon. Solomon Ahwinahwi also canvassed mass employment for the youths.
“We will be living in self-delusion if we don’t create gainful employment for our teeming youths. We need to deliberately create a conducive environment for those who are entrepreneurs of have vocational/technical skills to thrive and be self-reliant.
We need to keep our youths busy in constructive and productive ways, else we are sitting on kegs of gunpower, “Ahwinahwi warned.