The All Peoples Congress (APC) Youth Leader, Ibrahim Jalo speaking at the party’s National Youth Conference, said President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government has relegated the youth.
Punch newspaper reports that the enraged Jalo said, “it is regrettable that with the population of about 70 million people, the youth who constitute a powerful voting bloc are missing in the political space and have been relegated to playing the role of “active spectators.”
While calling on the government to invest in the youth, Jalo said Nigerian youths no longer want to be seen as leaders of tomorrow.
He said “In most cases, the youths of Nigeria are usually used and dumped by politicians; most especially during elections after getting into office, they rarely have something for the young people.
“When in the real sense they (youths) constitute the majority of the voters, with about 60 per cent of the total voting population. There is this saying that the youths are leaders of tomorrow, but in today’s Nigeria, the tomorrow seems to be endless.”
“After all, we are leaders of today, not tomorrow, because we have waited long enough and this tomorrow remains an elusive business. It is my opinion that young people be given opportunity to serve in leadership position, especially in this government because of the role they played in ensuring victory during the last election,” Jalo said.