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Every August 12 has been set aside by the United Nations as the International Youth Day. In commemoration of this year’s Youth Day, themed ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’, a youth network known as Nigerian Youth4Peace Initiative (NY4PI) has charged Nigerian government to empower youth across the country so as to be able to set the nation’s future on a solid track.

A statement signed by the Director of Media of the network, Mr. Yusuff Olayode indicated that Nigeria’s government should as a matter of urgency empower the younger generation to enable them to contribute more to the socio-economic development of the country.

The youth network which is coordinated by Building Blocks for Peace, a registered nongovernmental organization working on peacebuilding and sustainable development in the country, declared that the desire to see a better Nigeria where peace reigns is dependent on creating a safe space for the youth whose social and economic rights as citizens have long been denied.

Speaking further, he said the youth need to be included in the country’s decision-making institutions to get them acquainted with leadership, while they also have a sense of belonging during the course of involvement in designing the future of our fatherland.

Mr. Yusuff lamented on the conditions of Nigeria youth, stating emphatically that they should not be left in regret, reiterating that a country that forgets its youth designs a wobbling future.

Speaking on the necessity to drive Nigerian youth to the point where they would be able to serve the country and the world, the youth leader said, “There is an urgent need to put our youth on the track of becoming super heroes whose impacts in projecting peace in the nooks and crannies of the world will become unmatched.”

Youth empowerment, which is education and innovation-focused goes a long way in seeing that the development of the country comes in a twinkle of an eye. It is of utmost importance to make our youth prepared for tomorrow through skills acquisition and capacity building that meets international standards.”

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for accenting to the Not Too Young To Run Bill, stating that the country’s president has written his name with gold ink.

He, however, advised the President to foster necessary attention on the youth to enable them to add their quota to the development of this country.

Mr. Yusuff also charged the youth to get involved in politics, stating that this call needs to be redefined as it may mean echoing an act which they have literally done before. The director calls on the youth to be united in challenging the old order and also participate positively in politics.

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