Youths have been advised to make uncomfortable old generation politicians if they must have their way into governance; howthat, power, especially political is not given, but taken.
This was the advice of Professor Paul Nwulu, the Program Officer of Power and Participation at Ford Foundation, Nigeria who was a guest speaker at the 8th Career Day Conference of The Bridge Leadership Foundation which held over the weekend at the Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC), Calabar.
According to the professor, the current generation of politicians, predominantly the youths can not make their way into governance if they do not put up a fight with the current occupiers of power, stressing that no one would offer power to the youths at a platter of silver.
Asked how the youths can squeeze contemporary politicians out of the system, Tony Ogar, one of the participants inquired of what the youths must do to achieve this.
“Get engaged in the politics. Make them uncomfortable, especially those who are not performing to your satisfaction. Mount pressure on them and keep the pace until they are uncomfortable,” Prof. Nwulu replied.
One of the ways to getting involved in the politics, Prof. Nwulu said was to know the politics at the grassroot, advising that young people must desire to work with local politicians and be passionate about how things are done. He insisted that the youths must use the social media to get at these current old names.
Regretting how committed the youths are in getting gossips from blogs like Linda Ikeji, Prof. Paul Nwulu said the youths can never get to the future they yearn for if they keep committing their time to gossips and not to things that matter most to them; howthat, they ought to commit their time to reading news and volunteering for political tasks.