My activism birthed Nigeria’s democracy

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, speaking on the topic ‘Why youths don’t participate in Nigeria politics,’ in an interview with Super screen TV said
“A lot of politician lies and sugarcoat, that’s why I don’t like to be called a politician cause it makes me feel I’m part of them.”

He said he is different in character, he has made sacrifices and has scars to show for it. “Nigerian people gained democracy as a result of my activism. That was the most important thing when I was young. The goal was to drive the military out however, it is very disappointing that the democracy turned out to be fake.”

Sowore said the people that were driven out in the 90s are now back, citing the example of president Muhammad Buhari who was the head of state in 1984 and still the president in 2023.

“In 1925, young people created Nigerian youth movement to fight for Independents. People like herbert Macaulay, Okoli, and young women of then are not excluded. Over time, young people are being relegated to the background and now, young people are being engaged in thuggery,” Sowore said.

“Young people are running to abroad to find greener pastures. What society does to it’s young people is to educate them, provide another opportunity for people who are not interested in school, provide jobs, that’s how to get society developed,” he said.

Sowore said enforcing a digitized economy would tackle corruption and allow transparency and accountability.