A pro-democracy organization, Citizen Commons Advocacy International, has raised concerns over the rise in insecurity in the country which it has blamed on political leaders.
This is because the organization explained with concern that if the people in power and in charge of affairs are considered guilty of breaking the public peace, there can be no unity.
The CCAI made the public presentation of a document titled “Report on Youth Dialogue for a New Nigeria” with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands), Oxfam International Nigeria, Impact Central, reached by journalists in Abuja on Thursday. Social Innovation Hub, National Youth Council of Nigeria and Youth Parliament of Nigeria (Session 5).
The civil society organization said desperate politicians are fueling discord and violence to achieve selfish political goals in the 2023 general elections.
CCAI Founder/Director Olalekan Oshunkoya explained that the report followed a nationwide consultation of youth-led consultations, community town hall sessions, focus group discussions and individual interviews to gather the ideas, thoughts and opinions of Nigeria’s youth as it advances the “New Nigeria” narrative.
While airing the concerns raised by the youths as Nigeria prepares for the 2023 elections, Oshunkoya said if the politicians had shown leadership, the country would not have plunged into the current situation where the youths were recruited to disrupt peaceful political gatherings. or elections.
He said: “The Nigerian youth poll shows how disappointed the youth are with the apathetic attitude of our government to the problems that are bothering most Nigerians. From insecurity to employment to education to name a few. The country will not have a visionary and empathetic leader who will understand the pain the average Nigerian is going through. to communicate with what they have and their needs.
“Politicians are fueling discord and violence for political purposes. Young Nigerians see politicians as the main cause of discord in the country. During elections, we have seen and heard our politicians playing the tribal and religious card to win votes and thereby causing national tension in that state or community. Not only that, the youths also express their disappointment that most of the politicians are funding grants to disrupt peaceful rallies or elections.
“When people in power and at the helm of affairs are guilty of breaking our peace and unity, how can there be unity? It is a concern that must be addressed if we really want to see unity.
“Because of the selfishness of our leaders, most Nigerians just want to ‘japa’ to a foreign country. The country now has a system that rewards unpatriotic citizens or leaders with political appointments and positions and the patriots disappear. Political leaders are more interested only in the elite sharing the national cake that he makes.”
Speaking on the pro-secession agitations, Oshunkoya noted that some agitating groups are breaking the dream of a new Nigeria because they feel sidelined.
According to him, the government should dialogue with the separatist groups about their concerns without force or violence and reach a common point.
“We believe that the federal structure of this country should be in such a way that the citizens feel excluded. No tribe, religion or geopolitical zone should have more seats at the national table than others. If this deadline is not renegotiated, the country will continue to experience unrest that is a threat to the country of our dreams.
“Our diversity is a strength and must be harnessed for collective prosperity and not exploited: The youth do not want their diversity to be used as a tool to create discord and disrupt the peace of the country. Our diversity must be a source of strength to be used for collective prosperity.
“The principle of federal character should be promoted and the federal designation should be shared equally among all tribes. This will solve the problem of agitators who want to divide the country, the youths believe. For the sake of peace and unity, No tribe should be favored over another. All Nigerians have the opportunity and they should have a table in the federal seat, the appointment of Federal Character should be promoted,” Oshunkoya said.