Rethink Nigeria Visits PDP National Youth Leader
Following the election of a New National Youth Leader by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Abdullahi Maibasira, a group of young intellectuals under the aegis of – Rethink Nigeria is organizing itself to help re-invigorate the vision of the party as it affects the Nigerian youth.
The group whose membership model is based on the principle of volunteerism, recently paid a courtesy visit on Hon. Maibasira.
The group believes that the new PDP Youth Leader is focused on programmes and activities that is geared towards encouraging more Nigerian youths to participate actively in the political process.
Rethink Nigeria group expressed happiness with the new leadership direction that the National Youth Leader was giving to the youths of the party.
The Convening Volunteer of the group Mr. Ohimai Godwin Amaize said, “our major aim is to harness the mental strength of the Nigerian youth and use it as a weapon of socio-political re-engineering, political engagement and participation.”
He also noted that Rethink Nigeria would help project and showcase the very best of PDP as it concerns young people in politics and governance. Citing the example of the youngest Minister in the Federal Executive Council, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, the youngest Speaker of a State House of Assembly in Nigeria, Hon. Inuwa Garba of Gombe State among others, he said that the PDP, more than any other political party in Nigeria has given more opportunities in politics and public service to young Nigerians.
On his part, the Deputy Convening Volunteer of Rethink Nigeria, Mr. Umar Shehu observed that “It is a historic opportunity in our nation's history that we have a youth about the age of 30 chosen as National Youth Leader of the ruling party.” He then urged the Nigerian youth to leverage on this development as an opportunity to further participate and engage the political system. He assured the National Youth Leader that Rethink Nigeria would work closely with his office to ensure that the Nigerian youth feels the impact of true youth leadership in the PDP.
Volunteer Secretary of the group, Mr. Tony Ehilebo, noted with worry, the increasing representation of the Nigerian youth in crime, drugs and other social vices. “It is time we transform the mind of the Nigerian youth and unlock its creative potential”, he said.
In his response, the National Youth Leader of PDP commended the group for the initiative and assured them that his doors and that of the PDP will always be open to all well-meaning youth associations in Nigeria who genuinely seek to improve the situation of the Nigerian Youth through political engagement and participation. He also warned them against disunity and deviation from their core purpose and mandate, which he admires while agreeing that there is an urgent need to Rethink Nigeria through the eyes and minds of the Nigerian youth.
Other volunteer leaders of Rethink Nigeria present at the courtesy call include, Debie Mangut, Afegbochu Ugwi, Paschal Metuh, Sunny Iroro Okoro, Emmanuel Njoku and Uche Chuta.