World Bank consultant addresses C’River Youths ahead of 17 June LG Polls in the state


Efio-Ita Nyok|1 April 2017 
A Nigerian development economist, social entrepreneur and public affairs analyst, Mr Princewill Odidi, recently encouraged Nigerian youths to prepare themselves for a power take over from relatively older and redundant career politicians NegroidHaven can report. 
In a three paragraph thread on his social media(Facebook) account Odidi asked youths to refrain from thinking that their only good is to be aides to serving senile politicians. For him, because absolute power corrupts absolutely the present sets of politicians won't back down naturally for the youths. Odidi who further observed that 50% of Nigeria's population are youths charged them to refrain from being freely used by serving politicians to maim, kill or blackmail, contending that acts such as these causes elderly politicians to perceive them as still unfit for leadership. 

His words, 'Youths and younger people should start building community capacity to take over power from redundant career politicians. Don't be deceived to think you are only good enough to be a politician's boy or aide. If you think these politicians will ever step down you are kidding. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

'Half of Nigerian population are Youths. Just 20 million Nigerians can take over the entire country. Don't be deceived with scrums from politicians' plates and don't allow them use you as poster boys in the chessboard of politics. If you are above 30 years you are a man, don't allow yourself to be used freely. Don't kill, maim or blackmail for these politicians, they will never upgrade your status in their mindsets, neither will they ever accord real respect for you. Whenever it's time to negotiate resources, they will not remember you because in their minds you are a boy. Be wise and move on', he continued. 
Odidi who finally explained the dynamics of power not to be a given but a taken reminded youths of the reality of their ageing per every passing minute while tasking them to begin to think and stop fighting for others but themselves, informing that the like of T. Mbu, etc of the first republic were majorly youths. 
'Power is not a negotiation, you struggle for power. Every minute that passes you age, stop fighting for others, it's time you personalize the fight. Change your mindsets. Start thinking from today,  you can be a leader too. 
'Take a look at our first Republic politicians in the 60s, Zik, Awo, Mbu, they were all youths.  Don't be deceived to think you have a turn tomorrow, if your tomorrow does not begin now it may never come. It's time you take back your country'. 
Recall that the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) had on 9 March announced that LG polls is scheduled to hold on Saturday 17 June 2017. Odidi obviously would be addressing Nigerian youths of Cross River origin/residency especially with the mention of Mbu. 

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