#EndSARS: Youths Have Realized Nigeria’s Future Belongs To Them, Says Moghalu

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Former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu believes the #EndSARS which rocked the country in October 2020 is a sign that youths have realized that the future of the is in their hands.

“First of all, it gives us hope that all hope is lost,” the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

“It tells us that our young people are finally coming to realize that the future belongs to them and they have to a choice as to whether the posterity of Nigeria belong to them or whether all they would do is to simply inherit our foreign debt.”

Structural Politics —
Moghalu who contested the 2019 presidential under the Young Progressive (YPP), also called on youths to embrace what he described as structural politics if they are to an impact in the country’s political terrain.

He argued that that is the only way to translate the energy of the #EndSARS into political gains for the country.

Moghalu believes the amendment of the Electoral Act is critical to the country’s democratic process.

“The way to go is to go into structural politics. That is to say, to join political parties, to be able to , to register and to and to be able to be voted for.”

-‘Low-Hanging Fruit’
A critical part of making this happen, the 58-year-old explained, is the amendment of the country’s electoral laws which he described as low-hanging fruit in deepening Nigeria’s democratic system.

“That is so critical even as we fight or struggle for a new constitution. The immediate thing before us is the Electoral Amendment Act. It’s the low-hanging fruit because it be completed within the next couple of , hopefully, and we should insist that it provides a transparent process of electing our leaders where our votes count just the people who count the ,” Moghalu added.

“And I think this should be done through a system of electronic voting, electronic transmission of results.

“Anything that creates loopholes for results to be manipulated, we avoid it because that is part of what removes confidence from our democratic process and leaves a lot of citizens apathetic. Because they say, ‘Well, they would just rig the , should I bother?’ We move away from this!”

Against Brutality
The #EndSARS protests – which were largely driven by youths and against police brutality- rocked the country in October 2020.

Although the protests were largely peaceful at the onset, they were later hijacked by leading to a looting spree and the destruction of properties in several parts of Nigeria.

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