Former senator says youth participation in politics should be essential

To encourage youth participation in politics, governance and decision-making, former senator representing Katsina Central Senatorial district, Ibrahim Ida, has said that 25 should be the minimum age for candidates vying for election into the National and state assemblies.  

Ida made this known on Friday, while presenting a paper at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, during the launch of an Almanac for the National Association of Katsina State Students (NAKATSS).  

“If a person of 18 years can qualify to vote, why should he wait until he is 30 before being eligible to be voted into these assemblies, hence the need for reducing the minimum age to 25 years,” he said.  

Ida added that reducing the age limit would encourage youths to participate in politics, governance and decision-making.

“As long as political and social structures will continue to exclude the youths, they will in turn seek alternative means, usually negative ways, to participate in the system,” he explained.

“Political parties have youth wings, the leadership of these wings have remained mostly in the hands of adults, this is wrong. Party youth wings at all levels should be headed by the youths.”

At the event, former NYSC Director-General, Brig-Gen. Maharazu Tsiga (rtd.), urged the government to empower the youths and provide them with scholarships irrespective of their religion, ethnicity and political affiliation.

NAKATSS honoured Governor Ibrahim Shema, Ida, and Tsiga with the award of excellence.

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