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… says politics is not a job.
By Alex Adeiza.
The Manager of Tao FM, a private radio station in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi State, Dr Halimat Salihu has advised youths in the district to shun money politics as they gear themselves up for the 2019 general elections.
The Ace Broadcaster gave the advice on Saturday 23rd December, 2017 as a Guest Speaker at the Kogi Central Youth Dialogue held in Okene.
She decried the rate at which youths in the state have adopted politics as a job, consequently becoming irrelevant to elected representatives after election periods.
“Most of the youths who are delegates during primary election always use that period to get rich. So they take money and vote for the highest bidder, even when they know those politicians do not have the capacity to lead.
“They have always messed this process of primary elections. They want to be rich for one month and even marry more wives. After the primary elections, delegates loose relevance, no leader picks your call anymore,” she said.
According to her, money politics deprives the youths of their rights to demand accountability in governance, hence turning them to beggars.
She added: “You must not complain of bad governance or looting of our wealth because you have looted yours by collecting N2000, N10,000. etc. Frustration sets in your life, you now begin to hang around occasions where they are invited to beg for money to feed, and his guard will always prevent you from getting close to him.”
Dr Halimat advised the youths to say enough to money politics, adding that all eyes are on them to make the district greater.
In a related development, the Dean, Post Graduate School of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Prof Adam Okene urged political appointees in the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration to sacrifice their political interests, and think less of themselves.
Prof Adam who is also the Pro-Chancellor, Kogi State University, said that the Governor has done more for the state by ensuring that youths constitute the majority in his cabinet.
“Whatever interest they have, they should sacrifice it. And if they ae not ready to sacrifice, they should go and give way for other youths,” he said.
While calling for patience amongst youths, he also urged them to be focused on what they want.
The Kogi Central Youth Dialogue which hosted various youth organizations in the five local government areas of the district, also had successful leaders from different walks of life as discussants.
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