Veteran Nigerian comedian, Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye, who has organized several international comedy shows such as “I Go Dye Standing,” has taken to hos Instagram page to advise former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, not to use “sentimental empathy” with the Nigerian youth to drive his political ambition.
The comedian made the comments in reaction to the vice president’s announcement of his return to the Peoples Democratic Party on Facebook Live while dropping hints of running for president in 2019, saying that he would focus on job creation and youth development.
“Creating jobs is something I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirect jobs in my own state of Adamawa,” Atiku had said.
Reacting, however, I Go Dye wrote an open letter to the former Vice President asking him to advocate process that will produce a youthful leadership in the 2019 election.
The letter reads:
“Don’t use sentimental empathy on the youths to express your political ambitions.
“Sir, you are one of those that have immensely benefited from Nigeria since your birth in 1946.
“Having worked for 20years with the Nigeria Customs where you retired at the age of 43 in 1989 as Deputy Director, your bucket list sure looks good because you were obviously employed at youth 23.
“In 1999 you became governor of Adamawa and ultimately the Vice President, all of these you achieved at 53.
“What did you do during your time in that exalted position? When will the youths like in your time get a chance? am motivated to speak, based on your statement : A party that does not take the youths into account is a dying party.The future belong to young.Please which of the future?
“Remarkably, between 1999 and 2007 that you were the Vice president of Nigeria, it is recorded that tertiary institutions witnessed several strikes that wasted seventeen months ,three weeks and three days.Within this period, what did you do?
“If social support were given to youths then,their children will be between 18 and 20 years during the 2019 elections,obviously they would have willingly voted for you or anyone that you endorse in 2019.
“This is the essence of making sacrifices for the future generation. You cannot be credited to have been a philanthropic to the youths.
“The recent revocation of the NPA contract with Intel,your company,is the major issue.
“As a company either, the people in the region you operated cannot accredit Intel to have provided credible support for the youths or built skills acquisition centers to curb unproductivity as part of it’s cooperate social responsibility , which has resulted to many youths embarking on the sub- Sahara deserts route trekking to Europe,which has claimed many lives.
“Your excellency,sir Atiku Abubakar, please don’t use sentimental empathy on the youths to express your political ambitions,because by 2019 the youths are preparing to substantiate the real economical,political and progressive change.
“I kindly recommend that you should advocate for process that will afford us the opportunity of a youthful leadership in the 2019 election.
“Thanks Amb Francis.”