By Sunday Ani, Lagos
The National Association of Seadogs (NAS), Festac chapter, also known as Saratoga X Deck, has said that if Nigeria must grow to its full potential, the youths must be given the opportunity to actively participate in politics and governance of the country.
The group, therefore, called on the nation’s political leaders to do away with the political system that alienates the youths from participation in the political process.
The call was made during a zoom meeting organized as part of the activities to mark the Association’s ‘Feast of Barracuda’ recently.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Nigeria: A fractured youth population, a threatened future and the panacea for rebuilding,’ the guest lecturer, Viktor Ikiriko decried the condition of the youth population in Nigeria, stressing that if the youths were truly the leaders of tomorrow, they must be given hope to build a better tomorrow; a situation he said could only be achieved through politics of inclusiveness.
He condemned a situation where old people who should be in retirement are recycled into the system where they occupy all the available positions forcing the youths to engage in political thugs, ballot box snatching, financial fraud, armed robbery and other social ills.
‘If Nigeria must grow to her full potential, the youths must be provided for because currently, they are frustrated and hopeless. And that is why the youths that are supposed to develop the country are moving in droves out of the country for greener pastures overseas,’ Ikiriko said.
He tasked the National Assembly members to revisit the ‘Not too young to run bill,’ and make it meaningful so that youths would be allowed to participate in politics.
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‘Giving hope to the youths and building a better tomorrow depends on practising politics of inclusiveness. The INEC and political parties need to review the political process that seeks to alienate the youths from the political process and by extension, the governance process. They must be in politics as candidates and not as thugs,’ he submitted.
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The global president of the association, Abiola Owoaje, also decried the rate of migration of youths out of the country even as he stressed that the quality of today’s youths leaves much to be desired.
‘It is often said that youths are the leaders of any country but the type of youths we have today leaves much doubt as to their preparedness to live up to that statement. Some are very well educated but they are in the minority when you look at the total number of youths that we have. The youths that are supposed to develop the country are moving out of the country in their numbers,’ he said.
Also speaking on the topic, ‘The home and the challenges of modern-day Nigeria,’ at the physical even in Festac, the guest speaker, Arinze Odiari, lamented that an average family in Nigeria today is faced with a lot of challenges
He urged parents to love, nurture and control their children from the negative influence of social media because whatever the home teaches them is what they put out to the larger society. ‘Parents should teach independence, resourcefulness, contentment and integrity to the children,’ he added.
He also spoke extensively on how to manage the influence of the extended family members on the nuclear family, even as he listed some of the family stress to include financial problems, infidelity in marriage, pressure at work, childlessness, domestic violence, religion, and loss of job among others.
Speaking at the event, the representative of Owoaje, Bashorun Olarinwaju, said the feast was an opportunity to clear the misconceptions in the people’s minds about who the members of NAS are and what they stand for. ‘It is a body of intellectuals that basically fights the obvious ills militating against society. We are here to tackle anything that is not moving well in our society. It is also an opportunity to meet ourselves one on one. We have seven branches in Lagos, so this is an opportunity for us to meet ourselves, our children and our wives,’ he said.
The high point of the event was the cutting of the Barracuda Fish and sharing among members, their families and friends.
Ekiti : Three burnt to death, two rescued as bus plunges into ditch
Three persons were on Tuesday burnt to death and two rescued in Ilawe-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area of Ekiti State, when an 18- seater commercial bus plunged into a ditch and caught fire.
The incident happened in the sloppy outskirt of the town.
An eyewitness revealed that the bus was on a top speed and was said to have lost control before plunging into the big dungeon by the road side.
“Immediately it lost control, it swerved off the road and entered the ditch and caught fire.
“The intensity of the fire was high because the petrol in the bus had leaked and spilled immediately it entered the ditch .
“The five occupants who had been badly wounded could not rush out. They were trapped and three of them got burnt beyond recognition.
“The sympathisers and rescuers who were making efforts were able to save two other occupants who had sustained bodily injuries.
“The survivors have been taken to the hospital for medical attention”, he revealed.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the accident.
“Let me confirm that it happened in the early hours this morning.
“Five persons were in the vehicle, in the process, three of them got burnt to death. The remaining two were rescued to the hospital.
“Investigation has commenced into ascertaining the cause of the accident”, he said.
Adebayo tasks govt on laws to punish lawlessness
By Sunday Ani
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2023, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has called the National Assembly to enact laws that will ensure proper punishment for lawlessness and hateful conduct.
He said the call became imperative following the brutal murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu over an allegation of blasphemy in Sokoto last week.
Adebayo, who condemned the Sokoto killing on his official Tweeter handle stressed that when such laws are made, they must be enforced no matter whose ox is gored.
“We must stipulate laws and enforce them to combat hate and lawlessness. Justice must be done and seen to have been done in all cases, not just for the victim of today, but also for the overall safety and health of all. This is because perpetrators of today can be victims of tomorrow. We must speak up,” he said.
He noted that the role of leadership in a moment of crisis such as the one in Soko to is to understand the issues, find the truth, do justice and unite the people.
“We now understand the issue to be an inexcusable murder in reaction to religious provocation founded on ignorance and intolerance.
“We must avoid defaming all for the misdeeds of a few. We must not exploit anger and grief for any other motive than to seek justice and calm frayed nerves.
“We must not reignite age old disputes or expand cracks in our society. There are only two sides, law versus lawlessness,” he stated.
The SDP presidential hopeful also advised Nigerians to love one another and shelve regional or religious differences.
“At this moment, let us not be Muslims or Christians, North or South, East or West. Let us be human and humane. Let us seek justice and not revenge. Let us invoke the law with truth. Let us support the Sokoto State Government to restore order. Let us unite for justice,” he said