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  • Updated: December 19, 2023

Youths tasked on rebuilding Nigeria

Youths tasked on rebuilding Nigeria

Nigerian youths have been urged to be fully engaged in the process of rebuilding the country and also participate in politics.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Chairperson, Jama’a Mata Arewa, Federal Capital Territory chapter, Hajiya Nana Mahmoud, made the call in Abuja while admonishing youths at the “Next President Reality TV Show and Leadership Award Presentation,” organised by Superior Radio and Television.

Mahmoud said the country would reap the benefit if youths began to occupy leadership positions in the country.

She said, “We have reached a stage where we should engage our youths in politics; we need to start early. If we engage our youths at the early stage, we are sure of producing responsible leaders, husbands and fathers. We should also look into women inclusion and we need to engage them in every aspect.

“What SRTV is doing with the reality television show is one of the processes to prepare the youth to take over. We keep having recycled politicians because the youth have refused to show responsibility in the past; Nigerian youths have woken up and they have seen that it is achievable."

In his comment, Head of Administration, SRTV, Kenneth Paul, said the organisation had already started the journey to position the youth for future leadership roles.

Paul said the annual “Next President Show” had produced winners who can be trusted with leadership positions.

He said that the 37 contestants in the 2023 show would attend leadership training in the United Kingdom in 2024, as part of efforts to prepare them for future leadership positions.

According to him, the show has been productive as the winner of the last edition is currently an aide to a political office holder in Abuja.

Paul said the objective was to involve the youth in politics and build them to take over different leadership positions.

“We do not believe that the youth are leaders of tomorrow, we believe that they are leaders of today. The objective of the show is youth involvement in politics and grooming youths to be leaders. We don’t just monitor their progress, we monitor their mentors and ask them what they have been able to do for the contestants, especially the winner.

“In the past, some of them have delved into civil society organisation, while some of them were candidates of different political parties in the last general election,” Paul said.

Winner of the 2023 edition of the Next President Reality TV show, Tunde Adebayo, said that he was already working to ensure a successful political career.

Adebayo, who represented Osun State, said he emerged victorious having completed the tasks he was assigned to do in the house.

“I am good at uniting people and that is what the show is all about. I have always been in a leadership position, and that was why it wasn’t difficult for me to fit into this programme. This is a starting point for me and I am working to enhance my ability to be a good politician,”Adebayo said.

Adebayo, who won the N500,000 prize money for the show, urged youths not to relent in their endeavours.

Phanuel Babale from Adamawa State emerged as the first runner up, while Jafaru Yakubu, who represented the Federal Capital Territory, finished as the second runner up.

Theophilus Obaje from Kogi State took the fourth place, while Vincent Shilong, representing Gombe State ended the show in fifth position.

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