2015 Presidential Election: Professional Youths For Good Governance Of Nigeria: Our Stand
Nigeria’s general election is here and we are gearing towards making decision that will determine our future. A key lesson from modern world history is that young people act as “engines” of socio-political change, if not always its primary “engineers”. When effectively mobilized, youth provide the necessary energy and the mass power to get wheels turning for divergent “vehicles” of change in their communities. Young people play major roles in conflict situations. Not only are they victimized by war, they also are manipulated and pulled in as combatants, ideologues, political thugs, etc. Opportunity for armed mobilization is immense, yet youth seeking nonviolent roles often are left isolated and unsupported. Young people in Nigeria today are faced with a series of contradictions and frustrations. In every way, they are the most connected generation to have lived in the country. They know what they have, they know what they don’t have and they know that their lives could be better. This is a recipe for disaster – or hope.
Nigerian youths are the most traumatised of their generation. To make us as tools, this generation has been denied the right to quality education so that our agitation will never exist. We are the victims of the oppression, aggression, corruption and nepotism from the supposed people’s representatives in government. To divide us, all games are employed so that we can continue to remain perpetual tools in their hands. They have created divisions in our ranks through religion, ethnicity, nepotism, favouritism and sectionalism so that the attempt to demand for good governance will not arise. Group
Professional Youths for Good Governance of Nigeria (PYGGN) has taken its stand on the future of young men and women of Nigeria that it is time to rise up, sanitize ourselves and prepare to use our electoral values, our competence, our expertise, our believe, our drive and desire to help our fatherland so that the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain. To achieve this, we have involved ourselves in the process of electing the most credible, honest, anti-corruption crusader as our next hope. Our decision is based on facts we have, facts we see, facts we know and the truth that we must accept.
On Nigeria’s economy, what we see and the facts we have suggest that the economy is in shambles and all structures of development are non-existent. Conventional political thinking in Nigeria would say, probably not. Those who believe in the rentier theory of the state would argue that rents from natural resources would strengthen the incentive for mis-governance, for political elites to divert revenues to patronage and corruption and away from public goods that would benefit the poor is what is evident in Nigeria today. It is time for effective change in our system and we are set to lead the way. The world suffers a lot, not because of the deeds of bad people but because of the silence of good people.
From among contending aspirants to the exalted position of the Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we have done a thorough analysis of individual candidate using some key indices of antecedent, past performance, credibility, followership, patriotism, and respect of the people. We also considered sacrifices being made by individuals to make this country great again. We all must understand that over 70million Nigerians live below poverty line as confirmed in a recent survey conducted by CIA WORLD FACTBOOK (August 2014) and this has given us serious challenge in ensuring that the next President to govern this country must also be compassionate, honest, charismatic, enthusiastic, and must exhibit great confidence. We seek to find the right man/woman who will work really hard to bring back trust into government
The task of reshaping the project Nigeria is enormous and needs collective will to succeed. The future of this nation must be placed in the hands of competent, committed, passionate and incorruptible individuals. We equally know that Nigeria is blessed with quality individuals who can take this country to the Promised Land better than what we currently have. However, we cannot give support to all of them, and for this project to succeed, we must seek someone who is unique, and has the zeal to rescue this country from present travails bedevilling our dear nation.
The task is simple, as we are still very fortunate in Nigeria that we have individuals with all the listed qualities and even more and are willing to help in the rescue mission of our dear country, Nigeria. We know that more sacrifices will still be made by many great Nigerian leaders and we are confident that the process will yield positive result at the end. As a group of educated and patriotic Nigerian youths, we have resolved to be fully involved in the system to ensure a transparent process of electing the right people into positions of authority and define our destiny by our commitment and believe. These are people who have resolved to make Nigeria great again. They are all still alive, active, focused, committed and with seal for good governance. It is time for Nigeria to elect a credible individual who will be a symbol of patriotism, acceptability, hope, credibility and is committed to offer his/her services to the fatherland.
Our economy needs a competent leader who is focused in bringing about the desired change we are all craving for. We need a leader who will not sit in Abuja and ignore the cries and agony of parents whose children have been in captivity for many months without any remorse, and will host the world to celebrate the wedding of his daughter when more than 200 of her kind are in the custody of insurgents. We need a leader who will not tolerate official impunity in our society. We need a leader who will not be supervising the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria. We need a leader who will not see a demand for good governance as a way to wrestle leadership from him. We need a leader who can sanction erring appointees. We desire a leader who will give leadership the decorum it deserves. WE NEED A LEADER WHO WILL RETURN TRUST BACK INTO GOVERNANCE.
We call on various youth organisations, Nigerians who desire to see positive change in our life time, women organisations, opinion leaders to join in this crusade to save our fatherland and restore hope for the future. Our destiny is now in our hands and we must act without party, ethnicity nor religion prejudice to restore hope for our generation and future generations so that our children can have a society free of rancour, nepotism, official corruption, and official incompetence. Our dignity is at stake.
We must stand not to be divided into North, South, West or East. We must build one great nation and achieve our potentials of ONE NATION. We must seek quality education for every child in Nigeria. Our call for support for the right candidate is not based on sectionalism, ethnicity, or partisanship. We must bring back a society where everyone is given the opportunity to aspire to excel in his/her chosen career. Let us join hands to elect an individual that can restore hope and prosperity as our next Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. NNYP will make our choice known to
the world soonest.
We are committed to drive this vision with all our strengths, and move from village to village, town to town, door to door to mobilize the entire citizenry to effect change we desire. We have resolved to deliver the entire votes of youths across the six geographical zones of the country for the actualisation of our dream. We make bold to contribute 20million votes to elect the right candidate as our next president. We have resolved to stand and be firm; we want to be counted among the people who brought positive change into our country.
‘Hope is not blind optimism, hope is not sitting and do nothing about your life, hope is not shirking from taking responsibility for your life. Hope is that thing inside us that insist despite all evidence to the contrary, better things await us ahead only if we can challenge ourselves enough to work for it, fight for it and achieve it’ (Barack Obama- 2008). – PYGGN
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