Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, has implored Nigerian youths to vote out the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) if they feel unsatisfied about governance in Nigeria rather than emigrating out of the country in their droves.
Governor Fayose gave the advice while speaking at ‘The Platform’, an annual programme organised by Covenant Christian Centre, on Saturday.
According to the governor, the youths should reconsider their plans and stay back to help make Nigeria a better place.
He noted that all foreign countries, including Canada, the apparent emigration choice for Nigerians, have difficult barriers for individuals to shatter, unlike Nigeria.
He said: “Don’t succumb to despondency, there is a lot to hail in this country. There is a lot to frustrate you, a lot to want to make you give up and pick that visa and go to Canada,” the governor told the youths.
“I know it (Canada) is a popular destination but you know what? There is also a glass ceiling in Canada. When you get to the top of it, you will now discover there is a glass ceiling there. This is the place where there is no glass ceiling, let us work towards making it a better place.
“Even if your search is a regime change in a democracy, there is only one what for regime change in a democracy, you work towards it.
“Another election is going to come if you do not like what APC is doing. Organise, stop agonising, organise against the party. Link up with others who are organising and then kick the APC out of office and put people that you think we do better not creating a situation of anarchy.”
Governor Fayemi, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), urged young Nigerians to also hold those in their wards and communities accountable, instead of just engaging them on social media.
“The space is more liberalised now, not like what we fought against during the military regime. I’m not talking about the Twitter revolution. Many young Nigerians are cosying, giving it to governors and attacking ministers on Twitter and Facebook.
“Go to the wards, go to the communities and challenge what they are doing there. Hold them accountable,” he said.