Sowore Lambasts Nigerian Youth, Dismisses “Not Too Young To Run” Act

Sowore Lambasts Nigerian Youth, Dismisses “Not Too Young To Run” Act

  • Omoyele Sowore has lamented that Nigerian youths have made themselves irrelevant in the country's political landscape
  • The former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) disclosed this while discussing Nigerian youths’ chances ahead of the 2023 general elections
  • He said in the North, there are those who are carrying machetes for politicians, while there are area boys in Lagos

Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), has lambasted Nigerian youths over their attitude concerning governance.

Sowore spoke at an open space meeting organised by Premium Times.

Sowore lambasts Nigerian youths
Sowore says young people have made themselves irrelevant. Photo:
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He was joined by three other guest speakers to discuss Nigerian youths’ chances ahead of the 2023 General Elections.

Putting the topic of discussion “2023 Elections: When is the turn of Nigerian youths?” in historical perspective, the former AAC presidential candidate said the credibility of Nigerian youth has dwindled over the years to the advantage of the older politicians.

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He said:

“What I’m driving at is that young people have made themselves so irrelevant that they keep pushing them to the fringes to do dirty jobs. Today now, in the North, you have those who are carrying machetes for politicians, we have area boys in Lagos.
“You had people like Kanu, not Nnamdi Kanu, yearning for Abacha to become president in the 90s and totally youths were eviscerated from the political scene likely because of their own making, because over time since the 60s, young people have continued to deploy themselves to the services of old people who have nothing to offer.
“What we have now are young people who are mostly hungry, not for relevance and power but for picking up crumbs from the table of people who sometimes are not even as intelligent as they are."

Not Too Young to Run movement commences Convergence 3.0 event for young aspirants

Meanwhile, had reported that Yiaga Africa and the Not Too Young To Run movement have commenced the third edition of The Convergence.

The Convergence 3.0 which is reported to be the largest gathering of young people running for elective office in the 2023 elections in the southwest region of Nigeria commenced in Lagos with some notable speakers from around the country.

The aim of the Convergence is set to be achieved through keynote speeches, masterclasses, plenary sessions, political fairs, and clinics which features experts drawn from academia, civil society, professional bodies, relevant tiers of government, political parties, and the diplomatic corps.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Samson Itodo, executive director of Yiaga Africa said the idea behind the Convergeance is about reclaiming the state, "replacing the poor leadership we see at different parts of Nigeria with a new set of leaders who are capable of driving reforms and providing the promise of democracy."

Shola Gabriel seeks support as APC national organising secretary

In another report, Barr. Shola Gabriel has assured that if elected as the national organising secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he will grow the membership strength of the party with about 10 million young people from across the country.

Barr. Gabriel, a legal practitioner says young people are enablers of change in all sectors globally, especially with the support of elders, assuring that Nigeria will witness new dawn in its political environment with his election as the party's organising secretary.

Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters in Abuja on Wednesday, December 22 at an event attended by a reporter, the Ekiti-born politician maintained that youths wield a humongous power in the quest for a more inclusive and egalitarian Nigeria.


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