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Protests And Activism Won’t Take You Anywhere, Join Politics – El-Rufai Tells Nigerians

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The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Friday told Nigerians to join politics and participate actively if they want to contribute their quota to making the country work.

According to him, this is the only way to see change happen as the best of hands and minds need to be involved in politics.

The Governor made the submission when he spoke in Lagos at ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ with the theme, ‘The Fierce Urgency Of Now: Tactics And Strategies To Pull Nigeria From The Brink’.

In his submission, El-Rufai noted that the best people in the private and public sectors can also contribute their quota to nation-building by becoming active in politics.

He added that the younger generation shouldn’t only watch from the sidelines but become active, overwhelm the political parties and chase the older ones out of power.

He said, “Good people must offer themselves for public service and suffer the indignity that we all suffer every day, we get abused, we get insulted, we get accused but we must have our best people in public service, we must have our best people in politics; we should not have them in banks, in telecom companies, in oil companies, in civil societies protesting. Protesting will take you nowhere unless you have a seat at the table. The most important table is that political table.

“I got into government in a technocratic way, I didn’t get into government to be appointed minister because of politics. I was appointed because the President liked me and thought I could do the job. But I realized after that, politics trumps everything.

“So, my call to Nigerians is if you want to see better governance, be part of the selection process of those that offer themselves for public service and politics. And the only way to do so is to join political parties and be active and influence the leadership that emerges in the political parties which usually influences the leadership that are offered for election. There is no other way, there is no shortcut to it.

“I appeal to young Nigerians, comfortable Nigerians –because public service pay is very poor. So, comfortable Nigerians should leave what they are doing; the pastors and imams that have made money, the bankers, the telecoms guys, leave that thing, come and make Nigeria work, because if it doesn’t work, you will not sleep at night no matter how much money you have made.

“I believe that there is hope, I believe if we have more and more young people, we have five million of them attaining the age of 18 every year, they can come and overwhelm the parties and chase out old men like me and take over but they must come; they cannot stand by the sidelines and keep criticizing.

“Solutions are what this country needs and you can only propose this solution, fight for them in the system.”

Also speaking at the same event, Naija News earlier reported that the senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, who joined virtually, said Nigeria may go from one crisis to another if its leaders do not change their approach to situations.

He noted that the Nigerians presently can’t see the way forward and this is affecting the growth of this country.

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