By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A senior lecturer with the Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, Prof. Benjamin Okaba has said Nigeria as a Country is in dire need of a “revolution” just as he urged the youths to struggle for power.
“What we need is a revolution and You must struggle for power.”
This is coming contrary to the popular ssying that”the youths are the leaders of tomorrow”.
Prof. Okaba made the assertion at the 2nd annual leadership lecture and graduation ceremony of 2nd set of Centre LSD leadership school in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
Prof. Okaba who is a guest lecturer at the event lambasted Nigerian and Niger Delta leaders saying,”They have no plans for the youths”
Prof. Okaba said the leaders have created a situation where the youths are forced to be thugs.
Prof. Okaba wondered why a youth leader of a political party would be a man above sixty years of age.
He said some of the leaders who no longer have political spaces at the federal levels and have hijacked the political terrain at the State levels.
Prof. Okaba said these leaders still jostle and accepts political appointments instead of creating the political space for the youths to thrive.
Prof. Okaba also decried the situation where a former Senator from the Niger Delta who was once the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is now a “Senior Special Assistant,SSA” to the Delta State Governor.
According to Prof. Okaba,”This is a political aberration. The youths do not have space at the Federal level in the Nigerian State.”
Prof. Okaba also blamed the youths for their refusal to use their “political capital” to change their lots.
“They have the number. The problem of the youths is the youths themselves. Instead of supporting a youth politically, they prefer to loaf around these old politicians. Nobody gives you power. You take it by force.”