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Leaders of tomorrow

27 October 2014, 18:28

I remember when we were kids our parents, our teachers and our elders keep telling us,"You are the leaders of tomorrow". We heartily believed. We studied. We prayed. We worked to prove them right. But what is happening? As the 2015 Elections draw closer, more and more politicians throw in the goblet to contest in the elections. But majority of them are above 50. How can the youths then be "The Leaders Of Tomorrow"? Except if the "tomorrow" is yet to come or our teachers lied. How can a man in his 70's, after saying that he won't contest again if he losses, contest for the Nation's highest office, claiming "his people" asked him to come out again? Maybe, he has to call those "his people" that pressured him to come, let's speak with them.

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If he can't keep his word and say "no" where after support a younger candidate, keep his word if he wins? I doubt that. I'm never saying he isn't qualified. Yes, he is OVER qualified to contest. But what of his word? What of the youths? Must it always be "me"? Can't someone else change Nigeria? I frown on his arguments that he still has a lot to offer to Nigeria. Yes, he has but why can't it be from an advisory capacity? I won't be surprised if he re-contests again if he loses next year, citing "calls" from friends and bad economy of Nigeria. Assuming he wins, after his first tenure, he will be in his early 80's. What, then, can he offer? The leadership of Nigeria will then be turned into a Mugabe-styled leadership. The youths are heavily restricted to background. Too few admission slots, hard road to get tertiary institutions and few jobs. They must struggle at little an age to "grow up" except you have a god-father. We should be given our chance. They have tried. Let us do ours. We can do better.

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