- President Goodluck Jonathan has described youths as the pillar of any society
- Jonathan said anybody who meant well for the society will not downplay the role of the youths
- He maintained that the political history of the country was replete with youths who have played leadership positions and performed creditably well
President Goodluck Jonathan has advised Nigerian youths aspiring young leaders, not to make the fundamental mistakes of past leaders which included mistakes of tribalism, nepotism, and mistakes of religious intolerance.
The Nation reports that Jonathan made known in Yenagoa while receiving the New Nigeria 2019 Group, (#NN-2019) and the Young Professionals of Nigeria (YPN) led by Chima Nwafor and Moses Siasia.
The former president, who described youths as the pillar of any society, said anybody who meant well for the society will not downplay the role of the youths.
According a statement issued by his media adviser, former President Jonathan said further that he believed in the philosophy of Late Maitama Sule who posited “that the young breed without old breed will breed greed.” I believe that both old and young people must come together.
The statement read: ''I am happy that you cut across all parts of the country, you are not here because you are Christians or Muslims, you are not here because you are from the South-South, or from the north-east, or north west or south west, but because you are Nigerian youths that are committed to a particular cause and you want to make an impact for a better society for us and the future generations.
''All the big historical names you hear; Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Sarduana of Sokoto, Michael Okpara, all of them got involved in governance at very young age. Some of them were ministers in their twenties.
''I am not envisioning a government that every actor will be below thirty-five years old, but I share the aspiration of those who want young people to be fully involved in governance.
''I remember when Alfred Diette Spiff was the military governor of the then old Rivers state, though most of the members of his cabinet were older than him and even referred to him as “my son,” together they achieved much in infrastructure and human development.
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''Before I leave let me charge the young people in two key areas; the young must reform the young for us to grow positively. Some of the challenges like cultism, kidnapping and terror that we are have in the society are perpetrated by youths who have been used negatively.
“A group like yours constituting of CEOs must create platforms to re- orientate the thinking of our young people. I am glad that you mentioned setting up similar bodies, across the country.
''At least even if you start from the universities and secondary schools, to change the mindset of the youths. Youth movements like Boys Scout, Boys Brigade and Girls Guide, developed from this kind of thinking. He went on to note that the growth of society should not be marked by flashy cars, sky scrapers and beautiful roads but by the people, the way they think and the way they do things.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Jonathan replied a statement by presidency accusing his administration of corruption and leaving Nigeria in 'tatters'.
Jonathan in a statement on his official Facebook page signed by his aide, Reno Omokri, faulted the statement by the presidency signed by President Muhammadu Buhari's senior special assistant on media, Garba Shehu.
Jonathan's statement reads: "The Presidency's statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on media to President Muhammadu Buhari has only exposed why Nigeria is in an economic recession and is floundering in all spheres.''
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