The National Youths Union (NYU) has said Nigerian youths will only support and vote for any presidential candidate not above 60 years of age in the 2023 general elections.
The group demanded that the countryâ€™s youths stand to reclaim the battered social system and restore the lost glory of the country by actively participating in all processes of the 2023 elections in the country.
The group believes that it is their time to make or mar their chances of engendering inclusive and purposeful governance in the country.
Chinonso Obasi, the NYU President, made the observation at the first non-elective convention of the organisation held in Abuja, explaining that it is high time the youths in the country reclaim Nigeria from the current set of political leaders who had worsened its situation.
According to him, the youths would take determination and commitment to salvage Nigeria from the clutches of aged political leaders who had led the country for decades to the present challenges it has found itself.
The NYU President appealed to the youths in the country to reject any political party that would present any candidate above the age of 60 in the 2023 general elections, stressing that the youths demand greater opportunities for younger people in the political circle.
â€œThe 2023 general election is a golden opportunity for Nigerian youths to take a stand and reclaim the country. It is our time to make or mar our chances of engendering inclusive and purposeful governance,â€ Obasi explained.
He assured that the youths shall, in the next few weeks, begin an aggressive voter registration campaign, adding that the same way Nigerian youths waved the national flag as a symbol of resistance during the End SARS protest, every of their members will arm him/herself with a Permanent Voter Card.
He stressed that the march for Freedom From Political Oppression (FFPO) campaign would get down to all the 774 local government areas of the country, saying that they will demand interface with aspiring leaders and subject them to debates and discussions aimed at bringing out the best and de-marketing the old.
He added that the present socio-economic disaster in the country, without doubt, has direct bearing on the stunted leadership vision, pointing out that it continues on the path of trying to solve todayâ€™s problems with old strategies.
The youths noted that there is not only much suffering in the land due to insecurity and declining standard of living, stressing that citizens continue to lament over the wanton killings, abductions, robberies, rape and ritual murders, as the situation has become so bad that many people, within and outside Nigeria are wondering whether Nigeria still have a government in place.
It observed that the government has been overwhelmed by the problems simply because of the age of the ideas of its functionaries, and admitted that it is doing its best to address the challenges.
It advised the delegates to prevail on political parties to present younger people in next yearâ€™s election that would be able to engineer changes in socioeconomic and political space