The European Union on Wednesday warned Nigeria not to take the democracy it now enjoys for granted .
The organisation also stressed the need for Nigeria to “ increase the participation of youths in governance building on the momentum of the Not – Too – Young – To – Run campaign . ”
The EU Ambassador and Head of its Delegation (Nigeria and ECOWAS), Ketil Karlsen , said this during the orientation and induction programme for Legislative Interns organized by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre in Abuja .
While calling on youths to contribute towards strengthening Nigeria’ s democracy, Karlsen said the programme was an opportunity given to youths by the National Assembly to engage actively in securing a participatory process for democracy in Nigeria.
He said “ The consolidation of democracy must not be taken for granted anywhere , not within the European borders , certainly not in Africa or Nigeria either ; it is something that must be developed .
“ Looking at the growing population of Nigeria, about 60 per cent are young, it is really (not ) strange to see how the National Assembly is opening up the doors for the youths .
“ Another set of youth ambassadors from different states are taking part in the process of what is the bedrock of democracy of any democratic society in the National Assembly . So, this is really a vital signal of engagement from the Parliament , one example of how we work together to support democracy in Nigeria. ”