2023: Atiku lauds youth foray into politics, says it strengthens Nigeria’s democracy
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has harped on the importance of youths participation in politics.
Atiku said it was a good thing that more youths are now showing interest in the affairs of the country and active participation in it.
Speaking on Tuesday at a meeting with leaders of support groups rooting for him ahead of 2023 presidential election, the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charged the youths to be courageous about taking active part in politics.
Addressing the leaders of the groups at the event held in Abuja, the former vice-president said his dream was to mentor the young generation and hand over his political structure to them.
“It is encouraging that these days, I see many young people come to me declaring intentions to run for various political positions — some state assemblies, some national assembly and even some aspiring to be governors,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“The beautiful thing is that this shows that our democracy is being strengthened. I also started early like many of you”
Atiku said he contested gubernatorial election four times before winning and also fought for return to civilian rule during military rule.
“I started in my late 30s. During our time, our direction was to fight the military and return the country to civil rule.
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“In joining politics, you have to be focused, principled and courageous. For example, I contested for the governorship position four times before I was finally elected. That is politics for you. You have to be determined and be courageous.”
He expressed appreciation to the leaders of the support groups for the roles they played during the 2019 election.
“We are more organised now. It is a reflection of the fact that we are now more experienced and with experience comes more knowledge,” he said.
“What that means is that if there was any mistake that we made last time, we are in a better position to avoid such mistakes now.”
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