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THE YOUTH IN NIGERIAN POLITICS (NIGERIAN YOUTH ARE NOT LAZY)
Now let me shock you with the following information about youths in the world politics; The President of the Supreme Political Council of Yemen-Saleh Ali al-Sammad was born on January 1, 1979.
Emil Dimitriev, Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia was born on March 19, 1979. JigmeKhesar Namgyel Wangchuck was born on February 21, 1980, he is the King of Bhutan. The Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was born on June 3, 1980.
The almighty Kim Jong Un (who speaks and world trembles) was born on January 8, 1983, he is the Supreme Leader of North Korea. We may think that the world is evolving and forward looking countries are transferring leadership from the old to the young.
NO, according to George Orwell, 1984, “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.” The real truth is that young people across the world are taking power from the old. “Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it … one must have the courage to dare.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment) I am impressed that some Nigerian youths are waking up to join politics in order to break the status quo instead of complaining on social media. I have seen a few guys indicating interest in some positions both at the states and national levels.
I sincerely encourage you guys. I don’t know how successful you can be amongst these predators, but just remember that “Competition is the law of the jungle, but cooperation is the law of civilization” (Peter Kropotkin). Finally, It is important for the youths to note that power will not be handed over to anyone on a platter. They need to take it. One of the first things to do is to get registered as an eligible voter. Secondly, the Nigerian youth must also know that the dynamics of the Nigerian political system is still based on political parties; therefore the youths must form or join parties and actively participate as officials and active members of the parties and not thugs. I understand that the Nigerian political parties do not have ideologies, therefore personal vision, expertise; courage with strong vision will help the youth to move this country to the next level.
THE bill “not too young to run” which has got very tremendous acceptance among Nigerian citizens caught my attention on TV a few day ago where some known civil society faces talked about the successes recorded in campaigns across the states for passage of the bill and greater space for young people to participate in politics. In summary, the ‘not too young to run Bill’ seeks to alter some Sections of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to reduce the age of qualification for the office of the President, Governor and membership of the National Assembly. In clear terms, at 25 a Nigerian citizen is qualified to run for Houses of Assembly positions and at 30 one can run for the Governorship, Senate and Presidency. This is against the previous age benchmark of 45 and 50 or so. The Bill also seeks to allow independent candidacy in Nigeria’s electoral process.
The people that brought about the independence of Nigeria were all youths in their 20s and 30s. And by the way, Nigerian youth are not lazy, they are not depending on free oil money, they are surviving despite the terrible unemployment situation in the country. Nigerian youths are making waves in various areas of life, the list in sport, music, movies and entertainments in general is endless including the bloggers, Chimamanda Adichie is among the African internationally acclaimed writer whose novels are winning literary awards. I recently read about Sijibomi Ogundele, the 34 year old who was featured in Forbes Africa as a brave young Entrepreneur. I have a list that I cannot exhaust with this article
We are not lazy … not young to run bill in Nigeria… “scam or not”