By Binebai Princewill
A Niger Delta Youth leader, Comr. Ebolo Samuel, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the 8th Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) president Worldwide and former speaker College of Education, Warri has charged all youths in Nigeria to brace up for leadership position in the country. The Liberator Newspapers can report.
Comr. Ebolo Samuel gave the admonition yesterday while playing host to some Niger Delta youths at his residence in Warri, Delta State.
The rights activists noted that despite the contribution of youths in the country, the youths are the least to be considered in political appointments and elective offices, a development he described as sad.
He particularly described the situation of Nigerian youths as working like elephants and eating like ants in the country during elections, a scenario he said must be changed by all means.
Speaking further, the former speaker stated that the best time for the youths to rise up is now or never, stressing that there is no better time than now.
In making a global reference with the Westen World, Ebolo Samuel asserted that most countries around the world have since shaped their future in relation to the growth and development of the youths.
The statement reads in full below:
YOUTHS MUST RISE TO TAKE POSITION AND OCCUPY POLITICAL SPACE. POWER WILL NOT BE GIVEN TO US FREELY.
Our today generation has a duty to be honest, genuinely being of good value to work and service to nation building for the overall benefit and betterment of our Towns, villages and by extension the human society at large. As humans we should see ourselves as agents of change and national development by dedicating our individual skills, strength, creativity and imaginations to the service of humanity in the best possible manner. As young people who can make the difference, we are duty bound in building a bright future for society based on values and courageous behavior.
It is my belief that successfully developed nations in the world sustain their successes by building a strong youth generation that would introduce new global changes in the future. This means that the future lies in the hands of the youths of this generation. Going forward, if the youths of today are inculcated with strong values of social change, the best education, good health and right priorities, then we can say that the future is bright. However, if unfortunately, the today youths are not prepared with the right skills and values to bring about the desired future, there would be a human resources crisis in the nearest future. The youths themselves are expected to pursue self development in leadership and other areas of human value because the absence of a developed youth would portend a failed future that would not be classified as being better than today. If the youths are the foundation of the future, they must be strong and not weak because, strong building always has a strong foundation.
The today youths are pegged to be the bouquet of the society hence, their role is projected to play the most vital role in the development of the society. A nation where the youths are not considered in deciding her future can only be likened to a doomed state. This is because, the youths are the future of a nation.
Countries all over the world have since shaped their future in relation to the growth and development of their youths. However, the Nigerian society have gone far into relinquishing her youths into puppets of the system without any hope of taking charge of their destiny in line with the realities of their generation. This itself calls for a wake-up among youths in Nigeria to step up in their sociopolitical and economic game by seizing power from the older generation. The seizing of power becomes inevitable on the backdrop that those with both the economic and political power would never willingly give out power but can only be taken from them through a stiff expression of interest.
Rise up dear fellow Youths of the Niger Delta region, there’s no better time than now!
Comrade Ebolo Samuel,
Former speaker and senior Special Adviser to the IYC president worldwide.