* says godfatherism has prevented youth from political positions
The Arewa Youth Forum is solidly in support of the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai over recent statements credited to him that godfatherism should give way in politics in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting President Arewa Youth Forum, Ahmed Mohammed Zagi, dated May 12, 2019.
“His call is a welcome development and should be supported by every youth in the country as it remains the only key to liberation,” the group said.
They said that they took our time to respond after brainstorming and unanimously agreed that such liberation can only be achieved if they vehemently resist and kick out godfatherism from Nigeria’s political terrain.
“Since our country attained Independence in 1960, we have had almost the same set of people dictating who becomes what in our country.
“These same set of people became leaders when they were youth but unfortunately, decades after, they greedily cling onto the corridors of power, constantly dictating who they think will do their bidding,” they said.
The group said that El-Rufai’s comment has excited them and he has emerged as a shining example to the country’s youth.
“We are happy that Governor el-Rufai remains a shining example that Nigerian youth can win elections without relying on so-called godfathers.
“With his success story, we as Arewa Youth in particular, and Nigerian youth, in general, can hold our own grounds and begin to dictate who becomes what, a development that will usher us into prosperity through fresh innovative minds that will propel industrialization and economic growth,” they added.
The Arewa Youth Forum, therefore, frowned at those who they said may have misunderstood el-Rufai, who for now has demonstrated leadership ability and is a revolutionary step they can rely on especially now that the country is saddled with several challenges that require pragmatic solutions
“We, therefore, reiterate our support for Malam El-Rufai and call on him to be the leading light to liberate Nigeria from the shackles of godfatherism which has held our collective destinies captive for too long,” they concluded.