From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Kaduna state governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has called on the older generation of leaders in the country to take backstage while entrusting young people with leadership roles in the country.
He, however, called on young people in the country to eschew negative vices, which according to him are the main reason behind the skepticism held by the older generation in relinquishing leadership.
The governor was speaking when being conferred with an award of excellence by Nigeria Young Professionals Forum, at its maiden International Summit, with the theme: “Fostering National Integration and Purposeful Leadership in Nigeria”, held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Governor Yero urged young people in the country to assume greater responsibility for building a peaceful and prosperous nation.
“With all sense of modesty and due respect to our elders, I believe it is time for young people to take center stage in the decision-making process and I believe we can deliver the desired results. It is time for our elders to gradually take the back stage and avail young people their wealth of experience, through counselling and advises, to enable the country move forward.
“The best formula for dynamic leadership in the country is the mix of the agility of young people with experiences of our elders. Where and whenever we go wrong, our elders should provide the much needed guidance; that is the role they should be playing at this moment and not perpetual active participation in leadership,” he said.
In his speech, Chairman and Founder of the Forum, Mr. Moses Siloko Siasia, said Governor Yero was honoured with the award following his unrelenting effort towards sustaining peaceful co-existence among all sections of the country.
He also praised the governor for his numerous youth and women empowerment programmes, which according to him, have helped in reducing restiveness and poverty among young people in Kaduna state.