By Obeten Godfrey
The wife of former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River State, Mrs. Onari Duke has challenged youths to spend their time accessing critical information that will make them leaders.
Mrs. Duke stated this last weekend in Calabar, the Cross River State capital while speaking at the South South Nigeria Emerging Political Leaders Summit where she stressed the need for active youth participation and involvement in government and urged women to break the jinx by contesting for high profile positions in the country come 2019.
“To get to the right place of life, you must spend time to read; only those who read are fit to lead,” Duke told youths and tasked them to build capacity by making reading a lifestyle in place of spending time on things that are not worthwhile.
She posited that there was no need to go into political thuggery and maintained that youths have to define their aim and direction in life even as she wondered why people blame the current crop of leaders instead of stepping out to challenge the status quo.
“You don’t need to be rough to make it. Those who don’t want to go into politics should not complain about how they are been governed or ruled,” Duke said.
She continued: “You can’t keep complaining about your leaders, the question is; what is your own effort towards the development of your country and state? What have you done to make sure that the much complained about issue is addressed? The world does not belong to those who wait for things to happen, step out and make things happen.”
She admonished the young aspiring leaders and politicians to have a heart of confidence and selflessness.
She maintained that youths don’t need a second opportunity to create a first impression and advised them to access the right media space at all times and be good ambassadors of the country.
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