A female prominent motivational speaker and former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi, Her Excellency Folake Marcus Bello has charged Nigerians within and outside the country to be actively involved in the political process, starting from registration to voting proper as this is the only viable way to salvage the country from the grips of the clueless leaders.
The Ambassador who was a Former Commissioner for Women Affairs in Ogun state during Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s administration made this known while featuring this week on Ogun State television weekly programme “Focus” titled Nigerian Democratic Experience, how far, how well?
The Ogun state born grassroot politician opined that it is high time that young Nigerians are given the opportunity to take over the leadership of the country as many of them are effectively handling private businesses, given examples of few young Nigerians she has met in the past.
While responding to questions on the programme, Mrs Folake Marcus Bello said that the breakdown of laws and orders in the country can be traced to the non-existence of the local government administration as people are no longer closer to the government.
Speaking with nostalgia of the positive impact of the late Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti in Ogun state, she reiterated that it is appalling to see that the whole efforts has gone under the drain as succeeding government failed to invest more in the already established system.
She further explained that it has become so difficult to manage crime in Nigeria because the judicial system is so slow, citing numerous examples of some political office holders who were alleged for financial misappropriation for more than 5 years, the system has made it impossible for such case to be laid to rest.
She also said that the people should begin to query the process of selecting leaders at the party levels and that electorates should be interested to know about the candidate, his background, source of revenue and means of livelihood, with all these questions noble people would be given chance to lead the country.
The former Commissioner said that there are few Nigerians whose interest is to take the country to greater height but the money politics being played in the country is one of the militating factors to selecting good leaders.
Describing Nigerians as great followers, the Ambassador said that Nigerians are always easy to lead as they easily adapt to change.
She took a step further to sensitize Nigerians that the political party is a driving machinery, therefore, people should not make their choices based on party affiliation, rather, noble men of integrity should be given the chance to take the nation out of the miry clay.
According to the United Nations statistics”Nigeria’s population is fast-growing. It is expected to be the world’s third most populous country by 2050 with 400 million inhabitants, with nearly 70% of Nigeria’s population below the age of 35, it is therefore crucial that young people are represented in the country’s political systems.”
“There have been welcome steps on this front. In May 2018, Nigeria passed a new law which lowered the age limits for political office from 35 to 30 years in the Senate, and 30 to 25 years in the House of Representatives and State House of Assembly”.
The bill which is known as the “Not Too Young to Run” bill, the move was intended to reflect the changing demographics of Africa’s most populous nation and help usher in younger leaders.
While this is a great step towards youth inclusion in politics, the patriot said that it is clear that more still need to be done to put young people at the very heart of politics, governance and decision-making process in Nigeria.
The former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi Folake Marcus Bello has drummed more support for young Nigerians who are willing to participate in politics.
Sending a clarion call to Nigerians in diaspora, Mrs Marcus Bello enjoined them to stop the blame game and give their all in order to be part of the democratic process, saying that active involvement in the political process will give us the quality leadership we are all craving for.
The Legal luminary condemned the way the government has abandoned local government administration in the country explained that the problem started from the grassroot, people need to be determined and canvass to register and vote during election period.
In addition, she described governance as a business, therefore, it is imperative for young Nigerians to come out and seek political knowledge from rational politicians who by now ought to have taken backseats for young minds to take charge.
In Conclusion, the former Ambassador appealed to all young Nigerians to be confident enough and step forward to participate in politics as they have viable solutions to the nation’s present predicaments.