National Youth Coordinator of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Rev. David Ize-Iyamu has lunched a Youth Revolution Movement (YRM) to prepare young Nigerians for leadership, governance, and participation in the electoral process.
At the inauguration in Lagos, Ize-Iyamu explained that YRM will transit youths from passive onlookers to commitment in the electoral process so, they can become the change they seek.
Ize-Iyamu, an administrator and nationalist, added that the movement is neither violent nor militant, but a peaceful, yet firm and structured drive towards positive self-determination, national pride, social consciousness, and measurable change.
He said given their population, youths must be active in voter registration and stand for election to become effective leaders.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is no secret that the youth population is the largest sub-group in our national demography, but unfortunately the larger percentage of this sub-group exhibit severe apathy towards leadership, politics or governance,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ize-Iyamu said.
He, however, exonerate youths from such apathy, as this has been a consequence of the lack of inspiring leadership the country has experienced.
Contrary to claims by some critics that youths have lost faith in the country due to bad governance, Ize-Iyamu added that youths have to be given renewed hope to have faith in Nigeria again, and buy into the process of national re-evolution.
On the difference between YRM and similar groups that have been around, Ize-Iyamu explained that his group will engage presidential aspirants, and ensure they implement their promises to the electorate.
He insisted: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nigerian youths are well informed and aware of the leadership role youths across the world are taking in driving social, political and economic change.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For instance, Nollywood was created from scratch by youths without government support. YRM is out to mobilise youths to take centre-stage in crafting the future.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our youths are no longer moved by rhetoric. Their conversations on social media, on the streets, and in organised fora show they crave inspired, responsible, empathetic, and credible leadership.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The YRM convener said the movement intends to inform, educate, lead, and sometimes sensitise youths, to action and participation in the political value-chain.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will show practical and dynamic approaches to achieve solutions to national problems, and inspire youths to take responsibility for those solutions,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.