Nigerians youths have been urged to work hard to redeem their names so as to be able to lead the country better.
DAILY GIST opined that being young is indeed not an advantage for those aspiring for political power. While listing names of young Nigerians who help powerful political positions in the country yet didn’t change the fate of the nation.
Gov. Yahaya Bello was born on 18th July 1975. He became governor on Jan 27th 2016 aged 40yrs
Anyim Pius Anyim was born 19th Feb. 1961. He was elected senate president in August 2000 aged 39
Let’s talk about Dimeji Bankole. He was born 14th, Nov. 1969 and elected into house of Rep in 2003 when he was just 34!!!. He later became speaker of house of Rep. in November 2007 at 38yrs as a bachelor.
Let me shock you more, Orji Uzor Kalu was born on 21st, April 1960 and was elected in 1999 at just 39
Am I communicating?
Donald Duke was born 30-11-1961, also elected governor of cross river in 1999 at 38.
These are some of the youth who had find themselves in leadership position. Do they do things differently?
What indelible mark would you say Dimeji left as speaker being a young man?
What of Orji Uzor Kalu?
Did he served Abia differently and better as a young man
Our problem is not age of aspirants or candidates. Those who plunged us into this wahala are also youth. The active players in the civil war are all youths
The actors of 1st and 2nd coup of 1966 are all young men One of them was Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu. He was just 29 years then, born on 26th, Feb 1937
The beneficiaries of subsequent coups are also youths
Yes! In their 20s, 30s and early 40s
One of them was Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu was born 19-10-1934, became head of state in July 1966 at youthful age of just 32!!!
He married his wife, Victoria as a sitting head of state!
What does all these tells you?
Those shouting ‘Not too young to rule’ must also remember ‘Not too young to steal’
Our problem is not age, sex, qualification, tribe or religion of leaders
It is having that determination and commitment to serve
It’s about being God fearing and possessing leadership qualities like Ahmadu Bello, Awolowo, Zik and others
They are also youth when they came on board
So, it is NOT just about their age. They determine to serve
It is better to elect 200 year old saint than 20 year old thief
May God bless Nigeria my country.”