International Youth Day: AYF Tasks Youths to Keep Hope Alive
The Arewa Youth Forum, (AYF) the Umbrella Organization of all youth groups from the 19 Northern states and Abuja have congratulated the Nigerian youths on the occasion of the International Youth Day.
AYF, in a statement signed by it’s National President, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, said as a foremost youth organization in Nigeria, it has been involved in activities that will uplift the standard of Living of the Nigerian youths.
According to him, “AYF has been involved in building bridges across the country especially among youths and youth groups aimed at fostering development and unity in the country.
“We have also been involved in training, skills acquisition and peace building efforts to educate and equip the youths for the task of wading through the rough patches of life.”
AYF, called on the youths across the country to continue to keep hope alive, work for the unity of the country, leave and operate within the armbit of the law and negate anything that will jeopardize the future of the country.
“AYF believes strongly that in spite of the current challenges facing the country, Nigeria will come out strong where the youths will be the fulcrum of a country that we all will be proud of.
“In spite of the biting unemployment in the country many youths have been struggling to keep their head high. AYF wish to celebrate those that are into self employment even with the prevailing hostile environment. The youths had continually shown their dexterity and exhibited the never die spirit of Nigeria. It is on this note that we asked the Nigerian government to stop its policy rigmarole and come out with policies that assist the youths in their different endeavors. Gujungu, said.
AYF also asked the youths to prepare themselves to take over the mantle of leadership from the current generation who had fallen short of leaving a legacy that everyone would be proud of.
AYF also advised President Muhammadu Buhari to prepare and handover to a new generation, just as all the political parties should also give opportunity to youths on their platform to assume the leadership position in the country.
He noted that this is the time for sober reflection on the issues, challenges bedeviling the youths and the way forward.
“The International Youth Day is a day that we should put all these issues in perspective and work for the good of all. Our goal is a Nigeria where the youths will be proud of a country bequeathed to them.” He added.