A Former Speaker of the House of Representative, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’abba has said that it is time for the youth to actively participate in Nigerian politics to rescue the country from collapse and also save the democracy.
Na’abba, was at his residence in Kano when he received a delegation of the Na’abba Youth Organization who paid him a courtesy visit on Saturday.
He said the youth are now running away from politics because they are been sidelined by the present politicians, calling on them (youth) to strive and acquire the positions by themselves.
“You have significant role to play in politics, in fact nowadays you should be among the decision makers so that you can handle the country when the elders are dead. So, it is time for you to fully participate in all angles of politics,” he said while addressing the youth.
Governors crippling democracy
Commenting on the recent hardship and political crisis in the country, the former speaker attributed the crisis rocking the Nigerian politics and hardship among the masses to the selfish interests of the state governors who think the political parties belongs to them only, not the citizens.
He said the governors have pocket the political parties and decides who will or not contest positions in elections, thereby crippling democracy and rotating power among themselves without considering competency.
He said “Since 1999 governors have been the problem of the country. They contributed to the death of democracy within the political parties. And when there is no elections within the parties then incompetence leaders will emerge and that will affect the whole political system and the country’s development too. The governors have caused all these. They will hardly hold primaries rather they will ask you to go for consensus which is wrong.
“If we really want to see changes in the country we must change our democracy and give equal chance to all. Give chances for elections within parties so that the masses, and the rich will have roles to play, only that can bring changes. Not what they (governors) are doing. That will not lead us anywhere, rather deteriorate the situation of the country,” he said.
According to him, people nowadays, particularly the youth, no longer trust politicians and lost confidence in them, adding that only justice and truthful leadership can change their perceptions.
Why I returned to PDP
On why he returned to the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), from the All Progressive Congress (APC), the former speaker said the APC is not doing the right thing and that is why he thought of going back to where he belongs to.
“When I realized that APC is not doing the right thing, I stepped aside. Later I was contacted by some of my associates to go back to where I belongs to, that is why I returned to PDP. No party has no crisis, but the commitments to solving the crisis is what matters. In PDP we have crisis but there are moves by the party to resolve the crisis and we will succeed in doing that.”
He added that the PDP have shown level of commitment to change and correct its mistakes, adding that they are on the right path to make corrections and strive to save the country.