Start organising yourselves ahead of 2023 elections, Soyinka charges youth

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has urged the youth to start organising themselves for leadership positions before the 2023 elections.

Soyinka made this call at the wreath laying ceremony of MKO ABIOLA organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative (WACI) to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the late politician’s death at his graveside in Ikeja on Sunday.

He said the youth should recognise that they have the youthful electorate advantage in their favour to make them actualise their expectations.

He however admonished the youths to organize themselves to make their expectations become reality, rather than expect elders ones to act on their behalf.

In his words “Sometimes I refer to this generation of youths in which one places so much hope, as a ‘Gaseous’ generation because they are so full of gas.

“But when it comes to action, you are astonished because they keep calling out names like where is Wole Soyinka? Where is Joe Okei-Odumakin? Where is Femi Falana?

The Nobel laureate mentioned that there were expectations that the youth would use the youthful electorate statistics to their advantage at the last election, but it did not happen.

“This is what we had hoped to happen in the last elections when we called the public to jettison the two major political parties and for the youths to recognise that they actually have a powerful bloc vote and they should exercise it in a progressive way.

“Well, it didn’t work the first time, it’s a new concept to them, so, nobody should place so much expectations.”

Soyinka urged the youth to begin organizing themselves from the present time, instead of waiting for the 2023 elcetions to approach before exploring the possibility of taking leadership positions.

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