The Arewa Youth Forum has supported the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over recent statements credited to him that godfatherism should give way in politics in Nigeria.
The forum’s position was contained in a statement made available by its acting President, Ahmed Zagi.
“His call is a welcome development and should be supported by every youth in the country as it remains the only key to liberation,” the group said.
According to the statement, the forum’s members agreed that such liberation can only be achieved if they resist and kick out godfatherism from Nigeria’s political terrain.
“Since our country attained independence in 1960, we have had almost the same set of people dictating who becomes what in our country.
“These same people became leaders when they were youths but unfortunately, decades after, they greedily cling onto the corridors of power, constantly dictating who they think will do their bidding,” it added.
The group said, with his comments, El-Rufai has emerged as a shinning example to the country’s youth.
“We are happy that Governor El-Rufai remains a shining example that Nigerian youths can win elections without relying on so-called godfathers.
“With his success story, we as Arewa youths in particular, and Nigerian youths in general, can hold our own grounds and begin to dictate who becomes what, a development that will usher us into prosperity through fresh innovative minds that will propel industrialisation and economic growth,” the group added.