Stop Playing Social Media Politics, INEC Tells Nigerian Youths

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan 


Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)  in Oyo State, Dr Mutiu Agboke on Saturday, asked Nigerian youth to stop playing social media politics.
The INEC REC said this in Ibadan at the 3rd Akeem Kareem Foundation Lecture Series and Maiden Award of Excellence with the theme, “Engineering Change Through The Sorosoke Generation: 2023 And The Path To Follow”, is germane to the 2023 elections.
Dr Agboke declared that the time has come for the Nigerian youths to be more active in politics rather than only galvanising on the social media.
The INEC REC declared that it is now time for the Nigerian youths to start a movement that will not be cosmetic and that the movement should be one that is clear-headed without any sinister motives where morality should not be thrown away in politics, noted that voting is now counting.
” The youths should start a movement that will not be cosmetic. It should be one that is clear-headed without any sinister motives. Everybody in politics has thrown away morality, but voting is now counting, though we are not there yet,” he said
Dr Agboke added, ” Start from the ward level. Go back to participate in politics at the grassroots level where enormous power resides. You should forget stereotypes about contesting for elections at the national and state levels”.
“All the political parties that we have in the land are the same. So, for the youths to be talking about raising money to find elections and expect the desired change is not in tune with realities.”
Dr Agboke pointed out that ” INEC has been campaigning for the mainstreaming of people considered to be less privileged. These include women and youths. They should not be marginalised”.
He stressed further that money plays critical role in the polity and that, for youths to be effective, they should start from the grassroots level where enormous power resided.

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