The Kano State Gubernatorial Aspirant on the platform of Green Party of Nigeria, GPN, Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura, has described the recent comment by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Nigerian youth as a morale booster for all the youths to take destinies into their own hands.
Mr Zaura, who spoke with select journalists in Abuja, said that rather than being used as stooges, hooligans, political thugs and so on, the youths should have received Mr Buhari’s ‘fatherly’ bashing in good faith and see themselves as catalysts for social reform.
“From my own critical point of view, President Buhari, as the father of all in this country, has successfully challenged the youth to take up the responsibilities of becoming leaders of tomorrow.
“We should note that a father can have the privilege of challenging his children to be better in the society,” he said.
The Kano gubernatorial aspirant, however, said that the president’s comments were unfairly overhyped because, according to him, Mr Buhari was not referring to all Nigerian youth as lazy.
He said: “Although Nigerian youth face tremendous challenges that range from poverty, unemployment and segregation in the political economy, Buhari’s comments arguably came at the right time.”
“With all seriousness, the senior generation of leaders in Nigeria are responsible of the youth backwardness because in their time, they did nothing to the youth, and without minding the consequences that may possibly occur as a result of the desertion.
“And that is why I see PMB as a father who wants to see his children prosper for the future of the country.”
Mr Zaura, therefore, said youth are his major constituents, adding that he would dedicate his time and resources towards liberating the youth whose hopelessness is increasing by the day.
“Before I venture into politics, I took much considerable time to study youth’s affairs, not only in Kano but in the country at large And I found out that they are the only segment of the society that has been at the receiving end.
“If you go to the prisons, remand homes, streets, drug cells, you find out that the victims are almost 99 percent are within their youthful ages.
“This is quite worrisome, and that the main reason why we should all come together and take up the challenge by the president and prove to the world that this is our chance to lead the nation,” he said.