Nigerian youngsters should not be used as willing instruments by do-or-die politicians who wish to stir up problems in their communities, according to retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin.
Buratai delivered the advice in a Message to Nigerian Youths on Friday, headlined “Dynamism in Politics and Nigeria’s Founding Fathers,” which he shared on his verified Facebook page.
Instead, he pushed them to embrace the principles of political dynamism and weed out every aspect contributing to Nigeria’s democracy deficit, including voter apathy, ballot snatching, looting, arson, and so on.
According to him, adolescents make up a significant portion of our voting and working population, and they will be the first group to bear the repercussions of poor government and inept leaders in the future.
“As a result, you must take every precaution to ensure your future survival and well-being.” Join a political party and vote for people who will lead you to actively participate in the democratic process. Remember that voting is a civic obligation that every Nigerian is obliged to do,” he stated.
The former Chief of Army Staff stated that he spent his whole military career protecting the country and democracy because he believes that the political system is the most conducive to peace, sustainable development, rule of law, and human rights respect.
He praised Nigeria’s 22 years of unbroken democracy, claiming that elections without integrity could not provide legitimacy to the victors, security to the losers, or public trust in their leaders and institutions.
This, he claims, undermines polities by encouraging disgruntled parties to seek out less productive outlets for their unhappiness. He also claims that some people believe there is no need to praise Nigeria’s democratic endeavor because of the challenges that all young democracies face.
“I respectfully disagree,” says the author. As you can see, the system is improving on a daily basis as a consequence of our leaders’ periodic improvements to the democratic system.
“For example, the 2022 Electoral Act, which President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander-in-Chief, just signed into law, is a factor that would surely improve the country’s future elections’ transparency and acceptability, as well as foster democratic administration.”
“Democracy is still a global ideal because it works.”
“For instance, 19 of the 20 nations with the greatest levels of human development as assessed by the United Nations’ human development index are liberal democracies.
“Liberal democracies account for 36 of the top 40 countries. Even people of poorer democracies live nine years longer on average than inhabitants of impoverished autocracies, owing to improved access to health and education.
“Famines and wars are also less likely under democracies.”
“Man is, by nature, a political animal,” stated Aristotle, the Greek philosopher. It indicates that a man is born, lives, and dies as a member of a community, and as a result, he is responsible for the affairs of that community and vice versa.
“This is why, since returning to civilian life after serving in the Army, I’ve continued to participate in whatever civic action I can to promote peace and build our democracy.” “It is for this reason that I have decided to give this message to all Nigerian kids,” he explained.
Buratai also advised Nigerian youngsters to prioritize participation and a healthy democratic system in Nigeria, as well as embrace what he called political dynamism.
Political dynamism, he argued, is “vigorous political action directed toward advancement,” and “polity strength is frequently characterized by patriotism, fatherland service, and young inclusion.”
Youth, he claims, can be a creative force and a dynamic source of inventions, and they have surely participated in, contributed to, and even catalyzed significant changes in political systems, power relations, and economic possibilities throughout history.
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“Young people, on the other hand, confront poverty, educational hurdles, many types of discrimination, and restricted career prospects and chances.
“This is a worldwide dilemma, albeit it varies by country,” he continued, “and it is why the youth must take seriously the matter of voting their leaders.”
Buratai praised the founding fathers’ dynamism, such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ahmadu Bello, and Obafemi Awolowo, and gave the idea that all of Nigeria’s regions had a role in the country’s establishment.
He stated that President Buhari had set the basis for a new Nigeria, adding that despite several obstacles, he had remained committed to his vision and beliefs.
He asked youngsters to take the vision and ideals of the present government beyond the current administration and conserve the legacy for a stronger Nigeria and future generations.
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