Ahead of 2023 general election, Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) has challenged Nigerians youth to use their intimating number to secure the future of this country so that the next generation to can survive.
The group also stated that the youth cannot afford to seat back and expect things to come to them, noting that life does not come with a remote control.
The group Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman made the charge at the 19th edition of the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series organized by the Students Wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) at the College of Education Sokoto.
“As students who have shown a commitment to the goals and ideals of the CNG, I will start by advising you to familiarize yourselves with its goals and accept to live with them.
“CNG has already made a mark as a strong voice, although many would say it is a voice that should speak a different language, or speak in a tone more welcoming to their interests.
“As legitimate and natural claimants to the task of reshaping the North, you have a major role to play in rescuing our region from the margins of irrelevance, impotence, inconsequence and decay in the context of the current Nigerian nation,” Suleiman said.
At the event,the chairman of the occasion,Professor Usman Yusuf, said “You have to stand up and change things by yourselves. Nations all across the world are built by youths. You have what it takes; what it takes is number which you must use constructively in 2023 to change things. You cannot seat down and lament while people who have revolved power among themselves for too long continue to use and exploit you,”
He charged the students to reject the tradition of lining up to receive handouts to abandon their future, and choose instead to install a leadership that will make them more secure and provide them with a productive future.
“Work to replace leaders who think power is an end in itself; who mobilize our people only during elections, sowing seeds of division and leaving everyone poorer and more insecure than they were,” he charged.
his remarks, the Board of Trustees Chairman of the CNG, Nastura Ashir Shariff, blamed the managers of the nation’s petroleum industry and oil marketers on the current hardships resulting from an artificial fuel scarcity which he said, is deliberate aimed at paving the way for increment of pump prices.
“The aim of the scarcity is to finally hike the prices of fuel and impose maximum sufferings on the population in the face of the current multiple and pervasive challenges around security and the economy”.