Mr Danladi Salihu, the Speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, has called on Nigerian youths to retire the old politicians in order to effect the desired change.
Salihu made the call in his reaction to the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the March 14 by-election into the Patigi constituency at the state House of Assembly.
The speaker said that since there was no retirement age in politics, the youths should initiate a way to retire the “senior one”.
“ In terms of politicking, we, the youth need to stand up on our feet. We are lacking behind. We must therefore come up and take charge.
“In politics, there is no retirement age; then youths must find an initiative of how to retire the senior ones,’’ he said.
The 35-year-old speaker urged journalists to assist in preparing the youth for the national assignments.
“Journalists will also need to assist us in building the Nigerian youths. It is journalists that can do it.
“I know some of you are also interested in politics, please come and join us and go back to your constituency to contest,” he said.
This, he explained, was a message ahead of 2023 election that the youth must take charge of all the 24 seats at the state House of Assembly and the six House of Representatives seats from the state.
He decried the low rate of youth seeking political offices, saying “when you see the population at the polling units, it is youth and women that go to vote.’’
“But unfortunately, youths and women are not doing the right thing when it comes to seeking for political offices.
“For instance, there is no single woman among the 24 elected members of the state House of Assembly.
“So it is very bad, I call on the Nigerian youths, Kwaran youths that we must stand up to our feet and ensure that this change we are talking about is achieved.
“It is not the elders that will bring the change. Youth nowadays believe in civil service jobs rather than political participation,” he said.