Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Donald Duke Backs Not too Young to Lead Bill, encourages Youths to Brace Up

A former governor of Cross River State has urged youths to effectively participate and vie for leadership positions in governance.
Donald Duke made this call Tuesday when he spoke at a programme, “The Nigerian Symposium for Emerging Leaders ‘’, held in Lagos.

Duke said the country`s democracy would fare better if young people, who form the larger proportion of the population, took more active part in its political process. He said most developed countries had young people as their leaders at one point or the other in their democratic history. The former governor, however, said power was never given easily, urging young people to participate in the political process and use their prime to add value to the country.

 “I want to urge young people in the country not to see leadership as if it belongs to some people, but do everything positive to be part of it. “You can only make a difference at the prime of your life. You can actually add value now, not when you are above 50. “So, you need to be part of the political process and play your part. It is your right to be there; nobody is doing you a favour.

 “You represent more than 60 per cent of the population; you don’t have to beg for it. “Just make effort to make that change and contribute your quota to nation building, “he said. Duke urged government at all levels to be accountable and challenged the governed to demand more from their leaders.

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