Speaker, House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila says it is unrealistic to expect the nation’s youth to commit to sustaining a democracy that has not lived up to their expectations.
The speaker at the opening ceremony of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) organised by the office of the speaker observed that when young people want to participate in politics but feel locked out of the process, they become available to bad actors, manipulated, and primed to become soldiers in a war of attrition against society.
“They are looking for fundamental restructuring and outside-the-box thinking. We must consider that unconventional approaches are required in many areas of our national life to bring us closer to the full promise of our nationhood.”
He said that the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) is aimed at identifying and training the next generation of public sector leaders, particularly in the legislature, to develop the leaders who will shape the future of Nigeria and the world.
In his Submission, the Director-General, National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) Professor Abubakar Suleiman, said the legislature remains the strength of any nation, hence the need for the participants to maximise the presented opportunity to deepen their knowledge in legislative processes.
Deputy British high commissioner to Nigeria, Gills Atkinson encouraged the participants to participate actively, saying the future of the country belongs to them.
The initiative which themed ”building the next generation of Nigeria’s Public Sector leaders, our youth, our tomorrow, today” is targeted at training Seventy-four promising leaders across the federation with tools needed to lead various public Sectors of the Country.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Muzha Kucha