As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections, Nigerian youths are gearing up to take up leadership role

One of the leading youth groups in the country said old politicians need to leave the centre stage and only play advisory role when the need arises

Members of the group said it is now time for action and they are ready to re-brand Nigeria

A Non-Governmental Organisation, New Nigeria Youth Progressive Alliance (NNYPA), has insisted that Nigerian youths are adequately prepared to take up leadership positions in the country.

The group stated this at a media parley held on Wednesday, February 14, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Speaking on behalf of the NNYPA, its acting president, Emma Bricks Oko, lamented that Nigerian youths have suffered continued political misuse and neglect by the political elites since the advent of democracy.

His words: “Anytime the electioneering period is near, the politicians hypnotize the vulnerable youth with the slogan ‘The youth are the leaders of tomorrow’ whereas, every day is today and tomorrow never comes.

“We the Nigerian youth have come to a painful conclusion that ‘A New Nigeria is Possible, the Time is Now.’ as the theme of this conference suggests, we will remain vulnerable to this antic unless we decide to change the situation.

“The time for complaining, groaning and blame game is over. It is now time for action and we are ready to re-brand Nigeria.”

Oko further stated that Nigerian youths are ready to take over the mantle of leadership in 2019, adding that the NNYPA is on a mission to change the political landscape of Nigeria through the ballot box.

“It is evident that the elderly politicians use the youth to win or rig pas elections and we will no longer partake in this enterprise.

“We however encourage outstanding, intelligent, patriotic and politically motivated young Nigerians among us to be part of the decision making bodies of this great nation as we kick out money politics through ballot box in 2019 elections,” he added.

He however clarified that the NNYPA is not advocating for an all youth, but said the group is adamant that the status should not be maintained.

“The old political actors must leave the centre stage and play advisory role when the need arises. A plain level ground must be given to all Nigerians both young and old, to display their potentials without any hindrance.

“Therefore our target in the forthcoming general election elections is thus; to ensure the youth are elected to occupy 50% of local government wards and councils, state assemblies, state governors and 70%of Senate and House of Representatives.

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Nigeria's Oko Emmanuel Ekpo popularly known as Emma Bricks Oko is without doubt one of the country's best, versatile young broadcasters in the broadcasting industry today. The multi talented and award winning media personality is the most creative man among his peers in the industry. He has established a strong and authoritative voice in a career that has traversed both Radio & TV studios, diverse beats as Reporter/Editor and Newscaster. He has also ventured into the BUSSINESS of content creation as Creative writer, besides being very successful as a PR executive, promoter, producer, actor and event/artistes manager. Emma Bricks Oko was born on the 15th of June in Yala local government of Cross River State Nigeria. He gained fame and recognition in the media through his first TV programme "Nigerian Roads" in the late 2000s and was nominated for the 2011 NBC awards. He has bagged different awards and ambassadorial recognition which include: -Most outspoken Journalist, 2008 by (Department of Mass Communication, Fed. Poly, Bida) -Media Cancer Ambassador, 2012 by (Fed. ministry of health) -Nigerian Goodwill Ambassador, 2014 by (Nigerian Goodwill Ambassador Agency). After working with different broadcasting firms within the nation's capital which include the following, Independent Television, (ITV), Dasamal Television Network (DTN), love FM and Energy TV, he has registered, a blogging network which will help him to get to the heterogeneous audience as the world has gone digital in broadcasting.


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