4 reasons Nigeria needs a young president

4 reasons Nigeria needs a young president

At the age of 32, General Yakubu Gowon became Nigeria's head of state. He, like others of his time got to places of huge responsibility at a relatively young age.

However in recent times, Nigeria has seen a huge leap in the average age of presidents and people in positions of responsibility. The current president, Muhammadu Buhari is 74-years-old.

Recently Nigerian youths jumped on the hashtag #NotTooYoungToRun, a campaign for the reduction in the age limit allowed for positions in the Senate and other public offices.

Below are some reasons that have been given for wanting a young president in Nigeria:

1. Youthful country

According to Haddassah Egbedi of Ventures Africa: "Over 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35, according to africaranking.com this makes it the continent with the youngest people in the world.

"African countries would definitely fare better with young, like mind who understands adequately the thought process, and needs of the youth. But ironically, Africa has only a few young leaders. Most seats of power are occupied by aged men and dictators who are unwilling to give the younger generation a chance."

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2. Energy and Fitness

Tope Fasua wrote for Premium Times saying:

"This may be an increasingly important factor given the hiccups we now regularly have in government. Whereas many of our youth may use their fitness, good looks and energy to steal and destroy, but history forgives the youth who tries and fails in governance, than a person who fails to show up in the office willy nilly. Speed and accuracy is important in today’s global economics. The youth are poised to do better in that area by far."

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3. Health

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly said: “Nigeria needs an energetic leader but the circumstances of our polity have brought us to where we are that the same country that the likes of (Yakubu) Godwin ruled at the age of 30 is now considering people in their 60s and 70s to administer it.

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4. Corruption

Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) said:

"Our country is held back by a crop of leadership that has outlived usefulness and effectiveness as a result of old age.

"It beggars’ belief that there is no culture among our political elite, to encourage younger people with new ideas to aspire to positions of leadership, in particular the office of the President.

"The modern history of Nigeria was shaped by young people. Your Excellency was 39 years when you became Head of State. Zik was 40 when he founded the NCNC. Awolowo was 43 when he became

"Premier of Western Region. Ahmadu Bello was 40 when he co-founded the NPC. Ojukwu and Gowan were in their 30s when they took centre stage in Nigerian politics.

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"It seems to me a great contradiction that after a young vibrant set of leaders got Nigeria off the ground in the early 60’s, Nigeria has steadily descended into chaos and is probably now ranked as one of the most ungovernable countries in the world."

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Legit.ng earlier published the opinion of Omololu Omotosho, in which he wrote on the prospect of Nigeria having young president in the next general election.

He said: "Nigerian youths need to stand up and be counted. Power is never given but earned. Spending valuable time insulting politicians will not change Nigeria but to be strategically involved in civic duties will.

"Nigeria needs an "Aso Rock" leadership training programme as it is obtainable in America (White House Fellows)."

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