Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has made a case for increased youth participation in politics ahead of the 2015 general elections.
With over 50 per cent of the country’s population falling under the age of 25, Tambuwal, at a youth forum held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said Nigerian youth have the numbers to reshape the country’s political landscape to their taste.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Youth Development, Etsu Umar, Tambuwal said the youths have the power not only to determine the outcome of 2015 but to also rid the country of incompetent leaders.
He, however, expressed regret that democracy was being stifled at the grassroots and local government levels where ordinarily, the youths would have been actively involved.
“Ordinary, the local government or councillor level should be the right avenue for an average youth seeking political office to begin his career. But unfortunately, they are denied participation even at that level”, Tambuwal said.