Arewa Youth, Others pegs Nigeria President age at 70yr below
From now on, only visionary and dynamic leadership of people not over 70 years of age would be allowed to rule over Nigeria, effectively addressing the nation’s security and economic challenges and ensuring good governance.
This was part of the resolution of the meeting of more than 60 associations held in Lagos and facilitated by, among others, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, president, Alhaji Yerima Shetima.
A meeting communiqué made available to journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday stated that participants also resolved to call for immediate revamping and urgent restructuring of the security architecture of the nation as a way to guarantee the safety of life and property and in particular the safety and livelihoods of indigenous communities throughout Nigeria.
The one-day Summit of National Leaders of Socio-Political, Socio-Cultural, Technical and Broad Civil Society Groups on the Current State of the Country, held in Lagos on Monday, August 24, 2020, urged the younger generation of Nigeria to focus on persons aged 70 years and under as their leaders.
In view of the prevailing atmosphere of fears and uncertainties in the country, the Summit stated that “they urge the young generation of Nigerians to insist on the emergence of a progressive and dynamic leadership of people not over the age of 70 who will effectively address the security and economic challenges of the nation and ensure good governance.
Participants vowed to join lawyers to begin legal action and pressure the government to stop the creation of foreign debt without demonstrating to the public the need and purpose of the loans or the accounts of the previous ones.
They have agreed to undertake a process of undertaking a general review of operating electoral legislation in order to facilitate a paradigm change in the selection processes for leadership of the country.
Communicate effectively demand that the Federal and State Governments fix the root causes of the country ‘s rising poverty and increasing unemployment rate.
“Mobilize critical stakeholders, and young people in particular, into an avant-garde of hope and national transformation with a view to championing a progressive and creative leadership strategy that will imbue governance in the general interest of Nigeria and Nigeria;
“Concluded calling for another meeting soon to set up committees on different sectors and further reach out to all other organisations in Nigeria and to the Nigerians in the Diaspora.
“The summit henceforth agrees to support the cause of the reawakening of national consensus on stability, solidarity, prosperity and national progress under a broad-based umbrella known as NADEV.
Earlier, the participants raised alarm at the general state of insecurity and incessant killings that left many communities at the mercy of a murderous insurgency, and marauding killers, bandits and kidnappers escalating to unacceptable proportions, seriously endangering the country ‘s stability, unity and development;
They noted that the mismanagement of the national economy is already approaching a second recession and marked by an incapacitating amount of accrued and accruing debt profile; added that despite claims to wage a war against corruption, “Nigeria is more corrupt today than the widely recognized monitor for perception of corruption, the Transparency Intentional, was in 2015.
The event was conducted by more than 60 associations sponsored by the Chairman of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shetima, Executive Director, Journalists for Democratic Rights, Mr Adewale Adeoye, a civil rights advocate, Auwal Rafsanjani, foremost anti corruption crusader Chief Debo Adeniran, Agba Jalingo, Comrade Razak Olokooba, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Comrade Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Yoruba Global Youth Leader and President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW)/ Secretary General, Nigerian Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum(NENYLF) Barrister Dotun Hassan, President Ijaw Youth Council, (IYC), Comrade Timothy Igbifa, President, Itsekiri National Youth Council, (INYC) Weyinmi Agbateyinwo, former Vice President, Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC), Comrade Isa Tijani and Spokesperson, Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Àbdul-Azeez Suleiman.
The meeting also included the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the Oodua Liberation Movement (OLM), the Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC), the Agbekoya Peace and Development Project (PEDEP), the Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC), the Northern Emancipation Network, the labor movement, women’s organisations, students and farmers’ associations from across the country. Finish