POLITICIANS, POLICY MAKERS, YOUTHFUL POLITICAL ASPIRANTS GRACE THE #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN CELEBRATION IN ABUJA
One can safely say that yesterday June 28 2018, the youth in Nigeria achieved another feat and used the opportunity to stamp their feet on the ground and once more emphasize their readiness to not only contest but win some available political spaces come 2019. The event as the #nottooyoungtorun celebration which held at Shehu Musa Yaradua Center in Abuja. It was a gathering of political bigwigs, political aspirants, youth and Civil Organisations as well as partners sympathetic and in support of the #nottooyoungtorun cause.
Samson Itodo, the executive director of YIAGA and the convener of the #nottooyoungtorun Movement along with the movement strategy leaders, and state coordinators also expressed their awareness that it is not yet Uhuru, as the struggle has only been achieved in phase one and there is more yet to be done.
However, the celebration was filed with enthusiasm and hope for the young people in Nigeria, who for once felt considered and relevant in the scheme of political in Nigeria with the signing into law of the #nottooyoungtorun bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, after the Senate and House of Representatives had voted in favour of the bill with the need 2/3 votes. According to Ambassador Torben Gerttemann, Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, the hashtag has changed from #notttooyoungtorun #readytorun and #readytofund
Reciting the journey so far by several keynote goodwill speakers, and also emphasising that this was yet a newer dimension to the struggle, the #notttooyoungtorun movement was advised to brace its hands and get ready to further push and finally eradicate all hurdles which prevents the young persons in Nigeria from contesting and winning elections
The #nottooyoungtorun movement expressed their immense gratitude to House of Representatives speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senator Tony Nwulu, Sen Hamza Lawal etc. for their dogged efforts in both sponsoring the bill and finally getting it to be voted by both the Senate and House of Representatives despite all efforts made to frustrate the bill.
The #nottooyoungtorun movement also recognized all its supporters and partners with an award plaque and also gave Senator Dogara a standing ovation. Then came the plenary sections where topics bothering on democracy and how to actively engage and involve the youth’s. It was an interactive exercise broken into 3 different sessions, and the young people had opportunities to ask questions that bother them about the political processes and how to overcome them in Nigeria.
More details about the event will unfold, but in the meantime have a pictorial look of the #notttooyoungtorun celebration conference.
Amb Paul Liman (Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria)