The Coalition of Southern Kaduna Young Professionals over the weekend, in Kaduna, issued a press statement on the need for youth inclusion in governance.
According the group, as a group of young professionals of Southern Kaduna extraction, we are here to express our disapproval over the continuous selection of older people as running mates while the younger generation are being neglected.
It is not contestable that the future of our youths, politically looks bleak. However, the question remains: when would our turn come when those who are supposed to retire are being considered ahead of us who are in our active years? As genuine party members with many years of loyalty to our different political parties, we are aggrieved because the parties are clearly non-inclusive.
The political system as it were lacks mentorship, which would have guaranteed the generational shift of mantle from the older to the younger generation.
From one political dispensation to another the hope of the youth looks bleak and even the future that we hope for may elude us due to the fact that the older generation don’t look ready to carry the youth along.
It is an established fact that the youth in Southern Kaduna have, again, being shortchanged in governance. And, if accorded the right place to contribute in the progress and development of our state and the Nation, this will help correct an impression that the youth in the region have been perpetually reduced to the level of voters, mass mobilizers and not players in the state political arena and the scheme of things.
It is on this premise that we are calling on the leadership of the All political parties to be cautious of the fact that there may be high voter apathy among the teeming youth population come 2023, if the system seems to work against our progress.
The youth of Southern Kaduna will not be working while their future is continually being mortgaged by the older generation.
Therefore, we are calling on other youths to rise up against the tide that is inimical to their progress.
The group, led by Sunday Kasai, constitute members across all fields of human endeavours and all political parties but, are binded by the common view to fight for youth inclusiveness in all political entities.
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