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Nigerian Youths “behave like tenants in their own country” – Donald Duke



Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River State, speaking during his panel session titled office of the citizen

Speaking during the ‘Office of the Citizen’ panel session at the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders, former governor of Cross River, Donald Duke called on Nigerians, especially young people, to play a pivotal role in leadership and governance.

At the event which held on May 30, 2017 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, Duke said Nigerians behave like tenants in their country, thereby leaving older politicians and godfathers to take decisions on their behalf.

Themed ‘Open Governance: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government’, the Symposium brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship.

Duke stated that Nigerian youth need to get involved to make a difference while in the prime of their lives, or suffer the consequences of not making the right demands from their government.

“Godfatherism grows out of mentorship… They are there to set you on a path, but do not let them enslave you. Right now, Nigerian youths have the numbers to make positive changes in this country, and they should use it. There is a lot of contempt in government now because there are no consequences to wrong actions by the government. The failure in the country is the youths’ inability to aspire for better lives and situations for themselves. They behave like tenants in their own country,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Rinsola Abiola, a youth advocate and media aide to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, urged Nigerian youth to make use of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in requesting for information in order to make decisions.

Other speakers at the event included Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha ReachDayo Isreal, youth advocate; Arit Okpo, award-winning TV/Radio presenter; and Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV.


  1. GistMeTvMag

    May 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    How many youth has he himself directly or indirectly ordered their arrest as a result of constrctive critocism, some even died in the process…. Show of shame, rubish talk… What stops him from identifying potentials and plan sucession … With money comes power which he himself is using to oppress… Whatever it is oneday we surely will get all the oppressors out and make this nation great again

  2. resident evil

    May 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Unfortunately Donald Duke is same man that sold Cross River Bakassi to Cameroon because he thought Obasanjo will make him President, he sold his people and they are still suffering until today. Other IDPs are mostly as a result of fighting/conflict but this man singularly created displaced people by inviting the Cameroonians to occupy their own land. Up until today Donald Duke has neither accepted responsibility for selling off his people nor apologized to them and the entire of Nigeria. Pls beware and be aware!!!!!!! Ask him who else he is willing to sell off this time as he tries to revisit his political ambitions.

  3. No Headaches Please

    May 31, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    *looks askance

    Where is Darius??

    I expect his comments to always be 1st on posts like these?

    After all, on Nkem’s last post, he did give a long list of very intelligent topics that should be on BN (according to him) rather than what presently obtains.

    Let me see if I can fish him out of the Waxing Your Nether Regions post so we can be blessed again with some of his um earth shaking wisdom here.


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