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Group tasks youths on active participation in politics

Nigerians have been urged to always hold political leaders accountable to their campaign promises to ensure good governance for the rapid development of the country.

This was the views of Speakers at the Youth and Leadership Enlightenment programme in commemoration of the 2022 Martin Luther King Day by the US – Nigeria Educational and Cultural Leadership Program IVLP Alumni Association held in Abuja.

President of the US – Nigeria Educational and Cultural Leadership Program Hajiya Raheemat Momodu said the one day symposium was aimed at enlightening the Damagaza community on the need to take more interest in leadership which informed the theme, “leadership is personal, it starts with me”.

 She said as preparations for next year’s general elections gathers momentum, youths in the country need to take interest by participating in the electoral process.

She stressed that the Alumni will continue to play an active role in bringing about the desired change for a better Nigeria.

‘’We need to ensure that our duty is not just to get the PVC and vote, after voting the greater responsibility is to ensure that there is good governance wherever we are, we need to build that culture of following up and monitoring governance and insisting that people that we voted in and people that are appointed do what is good for everybody’’ She said

Guest Speaker at the Forum and former Editor of the Guardian Newspapers, Ambassador Fred Ohwahwa called on Nigerians to emulate the virtues of the late civil rights advocate, Martin Luther King in promoting peace and unity in the political system.

In his remarks, Chief of Damagaza Community James Budebo commended the Alumni for organising the awareness campaign in his domain and urged every Nigerian to take responsibility in the affairs of the country. 

General Secretary of the Association Mrs Ngozi John Uyah said the US – Nigeria Educational and Cultural Leadership Program Alumni Association (IVLP) is made up of professionals and business persons who previously participated in the US government exchange program where the participants visit the United States. It is a program funded by the US government to identify, recognise and develop leaders for national and international development.

Daniel Adejo