By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
The Kwara state chapter of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has called on Nigerians to put a stop to the recycling of leaders who, the party opined, are leading the country nowhere, adding that such leaders as currently constituted “are either too old, too sick or morally too weak”.
Addressing journalists on Thursday in Ilorin, the state capital, during a peaceful rally by party faithful to mark the one year remembrance of #EndSARS protests, state Chairman of YPP, Mr. Charles Olufemi Folayan, urged all YPP members “to work together to usher in credible leaders with new ideas, innovation, energy, and intellectual capacity, leaders that would galvanize the productive skills of the youth to generate solutions.”
He said: “We are the generation that will inherit this country. But, we have to save her first. It is clear that the challenges facing Nigeria and Nigerians at this moment in time can not be solved by our lamentations on social media, nor can they be addressed by street protests. We must, therefore, move from the street to the ballot to achieve the YPP Ballot revolution.
“Fellow Young Nigerians, let us remain peaceful and continue to work for the peace and unity of Nigeria. Let us be patriotic enough to obtain our Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and be ready to vote. Remember, there is no polling unit on the social media or on the street. If there is any justice in the world, our votes will be counted. And guess what? We are in the majority!”
Recalling that a year ago, Nigerian youths across the country spoke out loud and clear against police brutality and bad governance, the YPP Chairman, however, noted that the only way to bring about change in a democratic setting is to participate in the political process, and governance structure.
He added: “That was the reason the Young Progressives Party – YPP was formed. YPP is a genuine platform for new generation leaders who are in politics to serve the people, not themselves.”
Folayan lamented that “some Nigerians lost their lives, while several were injured in the course of fighting for a better society. Let us make sure that the sacrifice of these fallen heroes was not in vain. We must see the EndSARS protests as proof of our power and capacity to rebirth Nigeria.”