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Rethink Nigeria Reaffirms Advocacy for Youths in Politics and Governance

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Rethink Nigeria, a political advocacy group of young professionals

affiliated to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended Nigerian

youths under umbrella of  Progressive Forum for Youths and Civil

Organizations for standing up to condemn and reject the imposition of a 52

year old National Youth Leader on the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Rethink Nigeria  in a statement on Sunday noted that the widespread

disapproval by APC youths and Nigerian youths in general over the

emergence of 52 year old Ibrahim Dasuki Jallo as National Youth Leader of

the APC was a victory for democracy and all Nigerian youths.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Rethink Nigeria spokesman, Paschal Metuh

urged the APC to emulate the democratic principles shown by the Peoples

Democratic Party (PDP) which has proven itself as the most youth friendly

political party in Nigeria.
“The election of 31-year old Hon. Abdullahi MaiBaisira as national youth

leader of the party lends credence to this”, he said. It will be recalled

that Rethink Nigeria recently spearheaded advocacy for 30% youth inclusion

in governance, a position it presented to Nigerians at the on-going

National Conference through the youth representatives at the confab.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan, in response to this demand during

his address to Nigeria Youths on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day

celebration on May 29th, 2014, acknowledged the demands of Nigerian

youths, observing that Nigerian youths have been marginalized for so long

and this has robbed the country of the opportunity to harness the energy

and creative potential of the Nigerian youth for national development.

In reaffirmation of its advocacy for 30% inclusion of youths in

governance, the Rethink Nigeria has thrown its weight behind Mr. Okaba

Preye, a well-known youth politician and grass root mobilizer in Delta

State who is running for the office of Chairman, Bomadi Local Government

Area Council Delta State. Okaba Preye, is the current President of Ijaw

Youth Council (Western Zone) where he has been working to alleviate the

challenges of unemployed youths in the area. He has also assisted in

restoring hope to the lives of many youths, thereby ensuring peace and

security in his community.
By this endorsement, Rethink Nigeria has taken a bold step in supporting

and encouraging young Nigerians to vie for elective positions in public

office, an advocacy concern the group is very passionate about.