“Let me say that contrary to views coming from some quarters that Nigeria youths “Do Nothing” that’s far from the truth. “Nigeria youths are the best in the world, willing to learn, agile and productive”. “In my time, we had sound policies like “youWin” programme for the youths and we know how active and productive many that have won it had become today. "Employing their counterparts in ensuring that youth engagement is achieved with the aspiration of bringing out their potentials which today has become part of the legacies we are proud of during our reign”
This was Former president Goodluck Jonathan’s submission during the inauguration of the first bridge built by Governor Ayodele Fayose in Ekiti state. The former president said youths are the pillar, and that which no nation should joke with. “The people democratic party's sensitivity to this was in the fact that Ayodele brought in a 39 years old Deputy governorship candidate "Deji Ogunsakin" as running mate to professor Eleka that we all are proud”.
The former president says Nigeria now is being used as negative examples in some part of the world citing recent instances when Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo mocked the poor state of security in Nigeria and naira’s weakening status
The former President lamented that things were so bad in the country that Nigeria had lost its respect in Africa.
He said, “He (Ghanaian President) said Ghana is not like Nigeria where cattle roam the streets. At another occasion in the United Kingdom, he made scathing remarks about Nigeria’s currency.
“I feel ashamed as a former President that the president of a neighbouring country used Nigeria as negative examples.
“If a neighbouring African president will use Nigeria to make negative examples, then we as leaders must know certain things are wrong in the country. That means we as leaders must change the way we do things.”
The former President, therefore, urged Nigerian leaders to show serious concern, noting that many things had gone wrong in the country.
Jonathan also advised President Mohammadu Buhari to resist pressure to rig the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State and subsequent elections in the country.
He praised the people of Ekiti for their support for the Peoples Democratic Party, urging them to support the youthful candidates of the party in the election.
The party has elected 50-year-old Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, and 39-year-old Deji Ogunsakin as his running mate.
Jonathan described Fayose as an exemplary leader and loyal party man, who had done the PDP proud in all areas.
He said, “I don’t believe anybody can defeat the PDP in Ekiti if the election is going to be held.”
He said, “I use this opportunity to call on Mr President because I was there before. When you are there, there is so much pressure on you to use your power to subjugate democracy.
“Don’t do that because when you are going; the only thing you leave behind is your good name. If you use it wrongly, posterity will haunt you. I call on Mr President to use his power to strengthen democracy.”
Continuing, Jonathan re-emphasized that Nigerian youths are not lazy as being remarked by President Mohammadu Buhari
“We must encourage young people to work hard. I don’t think Nigerian youths are lazy; I have worked with some of them in my cabinet as governor and president. Nigerian youths are great people with intelligence,” he said.
At the event, Governor Ayodele Fayose said the 77-member election committee raised by the All Progressives Congress for the Ekiti governorship election showed the desperation of the party to win at all costs saying they will be defeated.