President of the 8th Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described Nigerian youths as major stakeholders in the socio-economic and political development of the country.
He stated this while speaking in Ilorin on Friday, during the Omoluabi Youth Summit organised by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Kwara Central senatorial candidate, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi as part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Youth Day celebration.
Saraki while speaking said in as much as leadership requires character, courage and competence, the electorate must also demonstrate the character of voting for the right candidates. He added that “this is the only way we can get it right as a country.”
The national leader of the PDP, therefore, charged Nigerians of voting age especially young people to make good decisions while choosing their leaders in the 2023 general elections, saying that “every voter needs to display character to elect good leaders because if we can’t stand for what is right, we will all suffer for it.”
He particularly encouraged Kwara youth to take charge of their destiny and not allowed themselves to be used by unscrupulous politicians. He, however, urged them to work for the emergence of the PDP candidates, in the overall interest of the State and Nigeria.
According to him, the possession of voter’s card will give them a chance to elect credible leaders that will usher in good governance in the state and the country as a whole.
Speaking further, Saraki said: “Today, on the occasion of the International Youth Day, we celebrate the endless potential and constant innovativeness of Nigeria’s young people, both at home and abroad.
“This day provides an opportunity for all of us, both youth and adults alike, to reflect on the future of our nation; to decide on the active and participatory role that we want our young people to play in the governance of our country; and to work towards building a nation that the upcoming generation would be proud of.
“It is time for the youth to make decisive decisions devoid of sentiments and affiliation, but based on competence, character and ability of the aspirants to move this nations forward,” he said.
He aslo used the opportunity to congratulate Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi on the occasion of his birthday anniversary, and prayed that he would celebrate his next birthday as a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.