Thursday, 29 April 2010


@ Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna

Had a great time in Kaduna, connected with some old great friends and the DESPLAY family guys and also made new friends and expanded my network.
The Ancient city of Kaduna is a great city and I really enjoyed my stay.
The summit focused on 2011 elections, had an awesome opening speech by Bola Abimbola- Youngstars Jos. And Dr Mourtada Deme-IRI Country Director
The issue surrounding Youth and Elections was the high point of the one day summit, Dr Sadeeque Abba of the University of Abuja, set fire in our bones.
He said “the Nigerian youth have come to a point of frustration and compromise” but we have the opportunity to take 2011 in our hands. Gowon at 29 became a leader; Murtala Mohammed at 35 became a leader.
There are no elections without youths he said. Societies, nations and organizations are transformed by youths.
The way forward we need to Educate ad Enlighten ourselves as young people and then collaborate to set up platforms for youth engagement, because you would always need a platform.
The last quote was food for thought “There wise will suffer the rules of the fools if they cannot stand” Aristotle.
It is time for Nigerian youths to stand u, we cannot suffer the rules of any one who is not passionate about youth development and sustainable development.
The rights and responsibilities of the youths in 2011 elections was the focal point of discussion, and strategies were developed by various groups.
Nigeria Youths! Arise O Compatriot.

Ogaga E. Maxwell
Delta State Delegate
IRI Youth Summit on 2011 Elections,

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