The Coalition of Northern Groups has called on Nigerian youths to embrace unity and love and shun money politics for national development.
The call was made by the group’s Chairman, Nastura Sharif, at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series held at Bayero University, Kano, with the theme, ‘Role of the Youth in Shaping the Future of Northern Nigeria’, organized by the students’ wing of the coalition.
Sharif noted that the group resolved to educate youths on the nitty-gritty of politics so that future leaders could learn how to tackle the nation’s challenges.
“This is the 18th lecture in the series, and the aim behind it is to give our youths a chance to learn how to confront challenges politically,” Sharif stated.
Also speaking at the event, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, a former Deputy Governor of Kano State, bemoaned the dirty politics being played in the country.
He stressed that there is a need to change the mindset of the youth, adding that new and responsible ideas should be inculcated into the future leaders to bring change in the leadership focus.
“The money politics system is terrible, and that is why we are here. We are playing wrong, dirty and unproductive politics.
“Therefore, the youth as tomorrow’s leaders should be aware of this because they are victims of bad leadership at all levels. I am sure they want better leadership for themselves and the coming generations.
“So, every one of us should realise this because we are on the wrong path, and we have to chart a new course for a better Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of the CNG students’ wing, Jamilu Aliyu, reiterated the need for integrity and avoidance of money politics.
He said, “We tagged the lecture series with the name of Maitama Sule, who is believed to be a man of integrity and honesty.
“We are trying to eradicate the leadership of moneybags. Avoiding money politics at this level becomes necessary because the people are already feeling the wrath of rotten leadership.
“We can all see the security situation, how people are living in abject poverty and below the poverty line, with some of them not even being able to pay their school fees, which are rampantly increasing and skyrocketing.
“So, enough is enough. We have to build a country that we will believe in, and that will compete with other countries, not only in Africa but in the world at large, he added.”