Just recently, the not too young to rule bill was passed into law. it is not just a big celebration for youths and millennials (like yours truly) everywhere, it also brings a first step to the statement, ‘let the children of the next generation rule.’ A statement I have heard for more than a decade and never seen to fruition till now. The bill enables youths from the age of 25 years campaign for a seat in State Houses of Assembly as well as the Federal House of Representative. It allows youths from the ages of 30, to campaign for governorship seats, and from the ages of 35 years, you can become President, PRESIDENT...I TELL YOU!
A big win for the youth, a step to a whole new revolution, but let us not get carried away by the euphoria of such a feat. There is a lot of work to do and a lot of realities to face, there are a few things our youth need to note, and I have questions that need answers.
Are The Youths Ready And Equipped To Lead?
I brought up this question when I sat with friends recently, obviously they all said yes; I said nothing, but only smiled. How many youths do you know, who are mentally mature and intellectually equipped, to rule such sensitive positions at 25 years of age, this is not America where many youths at the age of 24 years may have finished their Masters degrees, and have had kids and are married. Nigeria is a different case, most youths have delayed school admission, due to dilapidated educational system; so give and take, many Nigerian youths have their first degree by the age of 26. Getting a job is competitive and tasking, but getting into the political elite class, is a different kind of wonder which could take years of lobbying and 'briefcase carrying' to get to.
Nigeria is currently very divided; it has been since the civil war, and even though I cannot leave out our politicians contributing to this, the present high levels of tribalism and ethnic rivalry is being agitated by the youths. The youths, are being used and are contributing to the civil unrest brewing in the country. Note that these are the same youths that want to rule the country, what an irony. Even if we have a candidate that fits all the criteria imaginable, our youths who are filled with regional, ethnic, religious and tribal opposition, will have issues coming together to support such a person, and our political elites know that.
Are Youths Not Corrupt?
If any youth believes that electing a youth with automatically end the trail of corruption, they are wrong. Corruption has existed as long as Nigeria has existed as a nation, and our elders, youths and children will grow knowing of its existence. Corruption does not only exist in politics, it exists in our everyday lives, it is hard to affirmatively say, that a “Youth President” will not be corrupt, because just like those before him or her, they are Nigerian and human.
Are Our Leaders of Old Ages Past Going to let Go?
There is a massive elephant in the room, and that is the facts that not all our political elites want to let go of power, and not all of them were in support of the bill, is proof enough that there are people who will not want to see this work. Hopefully the youths will see this as a challenge, not another reason to protest.
What is Next For Our Youths?
The Bill has become law, so the ball is firmly in the court of our youths….what is the next move? Are we running for 2019 presidential elections, or 2023? Do we have a candidate in mind? Please do not give me all these celebrities, with more than 1 million followers on Instagram, or the children of existing Political elites. Can we come up with exposed, well spoken, and creative minds for candidates. Those who have reputations of respect for people’s belief, religion, and criticisms. Do you have a party name in mind? What are the ideologies? We the youth need to prepare, otherwise this golden opportunity might be lost.
I might get a lot of flak for being a bit pessimistic, and jumping in this way, but I believe in proper planning and actions. I asked these questions so we as youths can realise we have a long way to go. Let’s get to it.
So do you agree? Are the youths ready to rule?
Let me know in the comment box...
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