ABUJA – Comrade Bello Shagari, former President, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), and chairmanship aspirant in the forthcoming Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), the election has called for an end to the long dominance of old politicians in the Area Council, urging them to prepare to surrender power to the younger generation.
Shagari, who is aspiring for AMAC Chairman under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), issued the warning Tuesday at the party’s National Secretariat shortly after undergoing screening to contest the position.
The former youth leader boasted that the youths, backed by the “Not too young to run” law are now better prepared and equipped to handle leadership positions and to wrestle power from the older generation”.
Shagari, who frowned at exclusion of youths in politics and governance system in the country over the years, noted that the passage and accent to the “Not too young to run” bill in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari has opened up the political space and truly paved ways for young Nigerians to test the waters of partisan politics
“Under this administration, we are beginning to see the involvement of young people in governance with the likes of Ahmed Bashir, Ismail Ahmed, and more recently the appointment of EFCC chairman.
“So, I think we have started to forge the path to youth takeover in this country and my aspiration also is that another opportunity is being presented to us to take the mantle of leadership and I believe it will happen but it will be gradually.
“We must give kudos to the older ones, they are the ones who did it for us in 2015, but now they must be ready to surrender this power, they must be ready to encourage us, and we are ready to takeover.”
The 33-yr-old former youth leader identified transportation, healthcare and education as key areas his administration would accord priority attention, if elected into office as he reeled out challenges facing Abuja residents.
He faulted the present transportation system in the metropolis for lacking in vision , safety and security of commuters as he recounted experience in the hands of robbers masquerading as cab operators.
According to him, if AMAC had a properly established and managed transportation system with effective database of motorists and commuters, the issue of safety and security of passengers would be addressed substantially.
Fielding reporters questions, he bared his mind on the recurring problem of indiginization in the FCT and the country.
“I’m not an advocate of indigenization, I have always preached against someone being an indigene. We are all Nigerians.
“What is the essence of using quota system to choose who will do the job when we can find people who can do the job regardless of wherever they come from, tribe, ethnicity or language they speak? Left to me, I will say we should even scrap the indigeneship system and replace it with citizenship because we are just further disintegrating ourselves,” he stressed.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had recently announced February 12, 2022, as the date for the conduct of elections into the six area councils of the FCT
The election would be for the offices of chairmen of six area councils and 62 councillorship seats in the FCT, whose tenure would expire in May 2022.
According to the timetable of the election released by the electoral body, collection of Forms EC9 (Formerly CF001) and EC9B (Formerly CF002) for the election would commence on April 1, while the conduct of party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from the primaries would hold between April 1 and April 24, 2021.