With less than a year to the 2023 general elections, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday said that politicians in the country must create space and opportunities for the younger generation to occupy political offices.
He also said that Nigerian youths deserved a better deal in the governance of the nation.
Kaigama stated these in his Homily delivered at St. Louis College, Gwagwalada in Abuja, where he lamented that time after time, Nigeria had not only been led by a crop of people who are well advanced in age, but also disconnected from the realities and yearnings of the millennial generation.
According to him, youths have been tactically ostracised from national leadership even though many of them were better educated and experienced in managing people and resources.
“We must create space and opportunities for the younger people; but unfortunately, this is what Nigerian politicians are unwilling to do”, the cleric said.
The Archbishop said the country cannot continue to ignore a demography that had become its most potent asset, if it truly craved national rebirth, sustainable growth and development.
Kaigama however, expressed optimism that young people will soon get a better deal in the governance of the nation.
He stressed that they seem to have taken their agitation for inclusiveness to a new level with the launch of a campaign that is steadily emerging as a national movement ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
“It is gratifying to note that the youths of this country are intelligently teaming up beyond the sentiments of tribe and religion, hopefully, to elect in 2023, decent and people-centered leaders who can bring the needed change and progress to Nigeria and Nigerians”, Kaigama said.
He, therefore, urged the youths not to relent in playing their part in the quest for national rebirth by being good disciples and patriotic citizens.
“A great future lies before you. Despite all we are going through now, keep your dreams and hopes alive. Please do all that is good and honorable without procrastinating, for procrastination is the thief of time,” he advised.