Friday, January 26, 2018 7:38 pm
A socio-political advocacy group, Part-finders Nigeria Initiative (PNI), has called on Nigerians, especially the teeming youth population, to become architects of their own future by showing more interests in the political development in Nigeria and participate actively in the political leadership selection process in the nation.
In a statement in Abuja, signed by it’s Executive Director, Chief SBN Nwokolo, an architect, after a meeting to review recent developments in the polity, the group stated that, ” sitting on the fence when things are going wrong in the nation amounts to a tacit endorsement of bad leadership and continuous rape and underdevelopment of the nation.
“Nigeria belongs to all her citizens. And the right for citizens to participate in the governance process or selection of those that should genuinely represent their interests in leadership positions, in a democratic government at all levels, is guaranteed by the constitution,” the group said.
Adding that “standing aloof or grumbling in one’s private space, or on the social media about the ills of successive governments, without taking any legitimate, realistic steps, aimed at reordering the patterns of events that are contrary to the will of the people, makes one complicit in the continuing failure of leadership in our land. It is imperative to note that your singular vote can make a difference in the choice of who represents you as a councilor, local government chairman, at the House of Assembly, National Assembly, governor or at the highest level, the presidency,” the goup noted, as it argued that “but without a valid voter’s card, automatically you make yourself irrelevant in performing this very important constitutionally given right.”
The PNI, therefore, called on all Nigerians of voting age, who had not yet registered as a voter to take “the important step of making themselves eligible for voting in the coming elections by taking advantage of the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) voters registration exercise, as our vote is not only our power but our life, in a way.
According to the group whose objective is given as advocacy for “transparent, purposeful leadership, ethical reorientation, peace and uplifting of humanity”, a well utilized electoral vote will give the electorate the “power to not only design the future they desire but also help in shaping a Nigeria of their dreams.”