This unwavering dedication was made clear by Obi in his message for the International Youth Day.
He claimed that without the assistance of the young people, whose future was being harmed by poor administration in the nation, the dream of saving the country from leadership failure would not be realized.
“Everywhere you go in the world, the youths have always championed paradigm shifts in society. The political awakening you notice among Nigerian youths today signifies the hunger and desire in them for a better nation that represents their interests,” Obi said.
He bemoaned the numerous obstacles that young people in Nigeria face, including the high rate of youth unemployment, limited or no access to financing for small businesses, and a lack of quality education as evidenced by the ongoing strikes that have engulfed Nigeria’s public universities, among other things.
The rising levels of insecurity and violence, a workforce that is incredibly unproductive, and the unmatched level of drug abuse that is currently pervasive in the nation, according to his argument, are all symptoms of the neglect of youth development that is currently adding to the problems facing the country.
Obi expressed optimism for the future of Nigeria, when people’s abilities and opportunities will be matched.
“I have always maintained that the society we abuse today will take its revenge on us tomorrow. One cannot expect peace and progress in a nation where more than half of the large youth population do not know where their next meal will come from. Our students have been at home for over five months due to Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike.
That is not the kind of future we want to build for our young people,” Obi submitted.
He challenged the administration to create a country that gives its people hope, especially the young people. He argued that Nigeria will continue to slog along in terms of growth and development if the government continues to turn a blind eye to the aspirations of its young people.
Obi wished Nigerian youngsters well on the occasion of their celebration of International Youth Day and urged them to maintain good morals and conduct while making their fair share of contributions to the development of the nation.
Every year on August 12, the world celebrates International Youth Day.