Audu stated, “Young people represent a moment of action, not dialogue. So I won’t bore you with a long speech, but rather dive right into why we’re here.
“To begin with, we have gathered here to discuss why it is important for us as youth to expand our influence in the running of our beloved country. This conversation is more about how the sum total of our commitments and collaborations as youth can advance our lofty dreams. for our beloved country.
“We are here to possibly agree on one fundamental fact, and that is the fact that any one of us sitting on the fence, when it comes to political participation, will not get us any closer to achieving our collective desire for a great nation.
“Furthermore, APC Presidential hopeful Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu pledged to implement technology and digital economy to create jobs. He also promised to work to deliver a student loan that would greatly ease the burden on students and also bring reforms to guarantee a stable academic calendar in our tertiary institutions.
“APC’s candidate has also guaranteed to work on the reform of our security system so that our uniformed officers are more professional and operate strictly within the scope of the law. It is certainly my firm belief that Asiwaju remains the best option for Nigeria moving forward.” Audu said.
He further said: “For those of us familiar with the near-comatose economy inherited in 1999 when Asiwaju became Governor of Lagos State and the series of illegal activities perpetrated mostly by youths; his achievements in office, including the thriving entertainment and film industry, allowed by his government which involved many hitherto idle youths, we can gauge his ability to do a good job as President of Nigeria.Based on his background, competence and service record, we can be almost certain that Nigeria will advance under Asiwaju.
“As I said at the beginning, the greatness we seek for Nigeria will not just happen because we can dream it or discuss it on social media or every time we come together as a group; it will only happen because all of us as a collective choose to participate when it matters most.
“Certainly, we can achieve our collective wish for Nigeria if we all think together, come together and work together with other stakeholders to move this country towards its desired destination.
“It can certainly be said that the confident and proven display of ability by Nigerian youth in almost every quarter of the world is inspired by the spirit of patriotism and tenacity displayed by our past heroes in their prime. As youngsters on whose On our shoulders rests the burden of ensuring that we safeguard this country, both for ourselves and for generations to come, we must first recognize and appreciate the contributions of older people as we seek to work with them to combine their expertise with our own dynamism as innovative, energetic, and young people. resourceful in pursuit of a greater Nigeria Our approach must be one of cooperation, not antagonism.
“As young people, when we combine our divergent strengths and individual talents, great things are sure to happen in this country. We just need to bury all forms of inherited hurt or animosity, whether in the name of our religion, region, or ethnic lineage. Now we must settle among ourselves and come to terms with the fact that mistakes were made, and mistakes were made, from all sides and try to put an end to all the grievances that are holding us back as a nation in our own generation.
“We are the generation that will change the destiny of our beloved Nigeria and we must start now by making informed decisions based on the character, competence, ability and pedigree of the candidates seeking our support and votes.
“More than ever before, we must engage more deeply, put aside any vestige of sentiments that have left us poorer and more divided as a country; and consider, without any kind of prejudice, whose background and track record speaks to our current challenges as a nation. .
“It is my hope and prayer that today’s conversation here helps us begin that journey of being part of those who will successfully shape the future of this country. We owe ourselves and our future that responsibility, and we must not shy away from it. of that,” he said.
According to Audu, this current government has contributed to increasing the participation and inclusion of youth in politics and governance, especially with the promulgation of the “Not Too Young to Run” law.
“The law has made it a reality for young people to run and win elections to contribute to national leadership at various levels. Now it is up to us to take up the challenge and benefit from the opportunities this brings us.
“Some of the democracy dividends delivered by APC under the leadership of President Muhammadu, which has given significant attention to youth issues, include initiatives such as the Public Works Scheme to cater to the interests of youth with purely technical skills. ; has become aware of the advancements in ICT and digital evolution across the world with the launch of Youth Fintech and Digital Youth Nigeria”, he said.
He further said, “Without leaving youth out of its agricultural policy, the administration launched the National Youth Farmers Plan to enable young people to take advantage of reforms in the agricultural sector. The government also approved a N75 billion National Youth Intervention Fund to support to young people with brilliant business ideas.There was also the Jubilee Fellows Programme, a youth empowerment initiative supported by the United Nations Development Program and the European Union.
“While I have focused only on the government’s interventions and achievements in the area of youth development, due to lack of time, I must mention that the APC government is well aware of its own shortcomings, especially as regards regards the challenges still facing the young people of Nigeria For example, the lack of stable and affordable education remains a source of concern for the party, as does the issue of unemployment and police brutality and harassment of young Nigerians”.