The People

A Nigerian youth organization seeking to organize the voices of youths in the country, The People’s Senate, has appealed for unity amongst young Nigerians.

The organization made the appeal in Abuja on Saturday at its second anniversary.

“We can no longer afford to stay divided and unorganised,” Lai Labode, the president of the organization said. “We can no longer live in deep suspicion of each other’s motives; neither can we afford to continue to dwell on those things that expand the gap between our understanding of one another’s abilities, qualities or gifts. We can no longer afford to be individual champions.”

He said the Nigerian youth, the most cheated of the Nigerian demography, needs to unite for a common purpose, “a people purpose, a patriotic purpose, and most importantly, the time for a collective purpose powerful enough to transform our nation permanently for the greater good of all its people is now.”

The Peoples’ Senate, founded in March 2010, with a view to mobilizing the Nigerian youth for mass participation and contribution in politics, hosted Nigeria’s first youth presidential debate before the 2011 presidential elections.

The anniversary had a collection of activists and reformers and triggered debates about the significance and influence of the social media in Nigerian politics.

While Godwin Ohimai, a former social media activist, now an aide to the sports minister, opined that the social media had little influence on the Nigerian government, other members of the parliament argued that the social media has a significant role to play in the emerging political dispensation.

The parliament agreed that the youth need to take a step further and get down into the political process that produces Nigerian leaders.

“This is our chance, this is our time.  Let’s embrace it with open mind, sense of responsibility and the true love of our country,” Mr Labode said. “We must have a role to play in the decision on who leads us, since our collective future depends on the leaders we elect.” 


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