Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has reportedly urged the youths to join politics to make a difference in the country.
Disclosing this at a virtual forum in Abuja on Wednesday, Osinbajo stated that, “Youths need to go the extra length if you are not already involved, get involved in politics—while a lot can be achieved in civil society, the government still holds the ace in terms of capacity and resources to bring social goods to the largest numbers.”
He stated, “Besides, being deciders instead of pressure group at the table in policy formulation are hugely different positions. The consummation of our great ideas to transform our societies ultimately will depend on ‘those politicians’ as we sometimes derisively describe them.”
The Vice President noted, “African nations and especially our country, cannot afford to have its best minds and most committed social activists remain only in the civil space. No, we simply can’t afford it, you have to get involved in politics. You have to be in the position to make the difference on the scale that is required.”
Alluding to when he was the Lagos State Attorney-General, Osinbajo affirmed that “it took public office for me to be able to get the scale of change that is required to make a difference.”
He added, “Without public office, I would have remained a pressure group activist, I would have done some nice things, but I wouldn’t have been able to make the changes that my country required.”