You can’t make changes without joining politics – Osinbajo tells Nigerian youths

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that Nigerian youths must become involved in politics if the country is to undergo a change.

According to Osinbajo, the only way Nigeria can be reformed is via the acts and decisions of those in positions of power, which is why young people in Nigeria must become involved in politics.

The Vice President made the remarks during a virtual meeting with Nigerian Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on Wednesday.

According to the VP, “You need to go the extra length if you are not already involved, get involved in politics while a lot can be achieved in civil society, the government still holds the ace in terms of capacity and resources to bring social goods to the largest numbers.”

Reminiscing about his days in civil society, Osinbajo stated that it was only via public office that he was able to achieve the degree of change needed to make a difference.

In his words, he stated, “Without public office, I would have remained a pressure group activist, I would have done some nice things, but I wouldn’t have been able to make the changes that my country required.

“Besides, being deciders instead of pressure groups at the table in policy formulation are hugely different positions. The consummation of our great ideas to transform our societies ultimately will depend on “those politicians” as we sometimes derisively describe them.”

Nigeria, like other African countries, can’t afford to keep its brightest minds and most committed social activists in the civil space, according to the Vice President.

“No, we simply cannot afford it, you have to get involved in politics. You have to be in the position to make the difference on the scale that is required.”

“There would be many challenges even in the winning or getting heard in politics but I want to say to you that it should be an objective that you should set for yourselves, to get involved at whatever level of politics so that you can make the difference on the scale that is required,” Osinbajo said.


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