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Channel your energy to creative pursuits, Ayu charges youths

By Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
02 December 2021   |   4:03 am
The incoming national chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has advised Nigerian youths to channel their energy into creative pursuits, saying the future belongs to youths who prepare themselves.

The incoming national chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has advised Nigerian youths to channel their energy into creative pursuits, saying the future belongs to youths who prepare themselves.
   
Ayu stated this in Abuja when a delegation of Benue Youths, under the auspices of Benue Transition Mentees (BTM), paid him a courtesy call at his Maitama residence. 
     
He said: “We often hear that youths are the leaders of tomorrow, but that is not automatic. The future belongs to youths who follow their passions, who prepare themselves and who go after what they want.
  
“There are youths who are doing drugs, who are into all sorts of vices like kidnapping, prostitution and what they call ‘yahoo-yahoo’. Some make up the battalions in the banditry ravaging the country. The future does not belong to these.”
 

   
The former Senate President charged enterprising youths not to fold their arms and wait for power-shift, but rise to the challenge of leadership at various levels, noting that power is never gifted.
       
A statement from his media office quoted the chairman as saying: “Prepare yourselves, follow your passions and channel your energy into creative pursuits. Organize yourselves, mobilise your large constituency and go for what you want, including public office. There is no Father Christmas in politics.
   
“Sometimes young people forget that many of us started on this route as young men too. I became a graduate at 23, got my PhD at 31, was a senior lecturer at 37 and was elected to the Senate at 39 where my colleagues made me Senate President at 40. I can say that for others too.
     
“And in many of these outings, we successfully competed against older, more experienced people. So, when youths say, ‘Give us a chance,’ I tell them: ‘Chance is not always a gift. Power is never gifted on a platter or in a parcel.’ So, mobilize and take your chance as we march towards 2023.”
     
He used the occasion to decry the get-rich-quick attitude among young people, and counselled emergent leaders to, first, imbibe the culture of service to the fatherland, and money may follow.
     
Earlier, the youth delegates said they were in Abuja to congratulate Ayu on his well-deserved emergence as the new PDP national chairman as well as pray for his success in his determined quest of returning PDP to power in 2023.

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