The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in Benue State, Dr Jeffery Kuraun has frowned at the eagerness of the youths to become errand boys to established politicians especially where the intentions of the political mentors are to impoverish and render them perpetually incapacitated to effectively lead.
Dr Kuraun stated this at the maiden edition of the Benue APC Youth Summit tagged “Youths, Politics and Nation Building”, organized by the Benue APC Youth Council in Makurdi, Benue State on Sunday.
According to him, “To move forward in a very sensitive and volatile vocation like politics, we need to unlearn certain seemingly atrophied responses and reactions, which are numerous and can easily be observed by any discerning fellow.
“The eagerness to become errand boys to established politicians should be frowned at, especially where the intentions of the political mentors are to impoverish their youthful mentees and render them perpetually incapacitated to effectively lead.”
Kuraun, who was represented by Sam Kange, expressed his feelings amid youths of this generation interested in politics and nation-building because over the years, “We have unwittingly and technically disenfranchised ourselves from fully participating in the progress of our dear nation and state.”
According to the governorship Aspirant, “It is important to state that no nation in the world has ever experienced development without the adroit and strategic participation of the youths, and ours must not be different. The great leaders of the world in ancient and modern times have always deployed their youthful energies and fresh ideas to move their countries forward.”
To make a difference for our great nation, Nigeria and achieve success, Kuraun called on the youths to act now and must do the following: “Identify with a political party with proven potentials for change like our great party, the APC, become actively involved because that is the only way you can have a say in what would happen in terms of leadership and policymaking and programmes, generate enough interest in your party’s activities and ensure that it’s the number one youth-friendly party around.”
“This would make the youths in other parties migrate to your party, which should become the melting point for youths progressively wired for the progress and development of our nation,” he said.
Kuraun Jeffery urged the youths to be vigilant and resolute in blocking any electoral malpractice that could rear its ugly head in a bid to thwart the genuine efforts of others.
“I am tempted to dwell on the role of youths in a free and fair election but time will not permit me. The facts, however, remain that where rigging is rife and easily achievable; it is due to the weakness or compromise of the youths.
“In this instance, I urge you to be vigilant and resolute in blocking any electoral malpractice that could rear its ugly head in a bid to thwart the genuine efforts of others. As I glide away from this engaging topic, though shortened for our general convenience, I would like to leave you with this parting shot; never leave for tomorrow what you can do today as a youth, for tomorrow, in reality (based on our local experiences) belongs to the elderly. The youth must act now and act fast” he added.