It has been reported that the governor of Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has disclosed that youths must be actively involved in Nigerian politics.
He made it known that powers were not given on a platter of gold, and that youth must be determined and take positive steps that would ensure their inclusion in politics and governance.
He reportedly said this at the Ondo State Progressive Youth Stakeholders Round-Table Discussion held at the International Culture and Event Centre, in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.
According to him, “Nigeria is desperately in need of a paradigm shift in the ideology of what political offices should be and birthing the new age of the Nigerian politician to focus primarily on the development of Nigeria and adding value to the social, economic, political and developmental facets of the country.”
He added that, “There is need to recognise the mindset of the Nigerian youth and come up with different approaches and means of engagement that target the management of their diverse perspectives.”
Urging women to participate in politics as well, Akeredolu stated that, “as the feminism movement continues to sweep through the world, Nigeria inclusive, we cannot be an exception.”
Akeredolu made it known that, “As more and more women begin to show interest in active politics, there is the need to continue to identify the pitfalls, limitations and hindrances preventing women from taking up critical roles within the political space.”
He also stated that, “Of particular interest is the role of the young women in politics and in general, the upgrading of the roles of women from the African traditional beliefs to the one that is involved in decision making and other impactful political activities.”