President Muhammadu Buhari and other Governors in the country have been charged by the Christain Association of Nigeria to appoint more youths into power with a view to exposing them to the inner workings of government.
The Christain umbrella body claimed that such action would prepare the young ones for the future, effective political leadership at all levels of governance.
CAN President, Revd Samson Ayokunle, while speaking at the National Muslim and Christian Youth Summit in Abuja yesterday, stated that no opportunity has been created for the youths who are the future of this country.
Ayokunle, who was represented by Evang. Samuel Kwamkur, CAN’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, said: “May I also use this opportunity to call on those in power to use their good offices and influence to bring Youth into the circle of government not as a mean of empowerment them only but as a way of preparing them for future independence and leadership.”
“We cannot continue to say youth are leaders of tomorrow when there is no significant effort to expose them to true act of governance and practical leadership especially while we, the elders, are still around them.”
“As Christians, we are looking forward to a nation where the youth will truly understand that today and the future belong to them.”
However, the CAN President urged the youths to shun restiveness and ensure peaceful coexistence across the nation.
He said, “We call on the Youth to shunt all form of violence and embrace peace”
“It is our hope that this summit will not only be that of usual speech-making but will go a long way in having the youth and facilitators brainstorming towards finding a lasting and sustainable solution to the age-long youth restiveness and poverty.
“Youth must refuse to be used for thuggery but governance and administration which shall stand the test of time,” he insisted.