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Nigerian Youths Should Seek Reduction of Age Limit for Political Position – Oby Ezekwesili

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Oby Ezekwesili - April 2015 - BellaNaija.comThe Coordinator, Bring Back Our Girls, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has called on Nigerian youths to engage the senate to reduce the age of persons seeking political positions in the country.

She made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ezekwesili, who was a guest speaker at the League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LPAN)’s youth advocacy meeting, said that the Nigerian youths had the numerical strength to effect change in the country. She said:

They need to engage with the governance system and there is demand for a conversation around the constitution amendment.

With about 66 million of youths in the category of 18 to 35 years in this country, we have the numbers to be able to demand for that.

However, not just on age limit but a whole lot of other things where the constitution forms a constraint to their emergence of in governance as well as in the political process.

She said that if the objectives of the youths in politics were simply to replace the old ones, then they would not make any significant difference.

“But if their objectives in politics is to envision new nation, a new Nigeria, then we have the bases for saying the young minds should take over the governance of the country. This is the age of idea not the age of the person that should guide the way we think,” she said.

She said that there were some young people whose “ideas are very old, we don’t need those kinds of people pretending that they are youths. If we have them young and their ideas are also young, then the vision that they will have for the country will be a vision that take Nigeria to the top.”

“There are young people in their twenties running businesses that are worth mega billions, such are youths making significant choices and decision; we must encourage such young people to exercise leadership,” she said.

Ezekwesili, who is a former minister of education, reiterated the constraint in the constitutional provision for a certain age limit, adding that if they desire that change, then they need to advocate for a constitutional amendment in the that direction.

She said that social media had conferred on citizens the power to access knowledge and as such enable them to make meaning decisions in the political affairs of the country.

“I totally agree that by the age of 25, the young people should be able to exercise their political rights of being voted for in this country,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

8 Comments

  1. or

    May 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Hypocrite! After you vocally campaigned for a retired old stubborn general?

  2. John

    May 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Oby before our very own eyes you criticized, did several hate campaign, blackmailed GEJ a younger option so why are now disappointed?

    • Dtruth

      May 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      @john…did you even read what she said?? SMH…She also said there are young people with an old way of thinking(ideas) and those are not needed…..Its not about GEJ being younger…He ran a government of free for all looting…No system can survive like that….You guys can criticise Buhari all you want but even Obama wouldve struggled with an empty treasury, drop in oil sales and a weakened currency plus extremely low foreign reserves….Like she said , we need visionary leaders who are young at heart to be involved and engaged in governance… Buhari I see a government trying to block all leakages and tighten the system to make corruption more difficult and restore rule of law and accountabilitu…it will lay a better foundation to build upon…these are tough times but it is all cause and effect….effect of bad governance for years and a rotten system…..Think my friend

    • nnenne

      May 19, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      Dtruth. .. Nigerian past leaders are not better than Jonathan. He just is the first to return power to an opposition party. Hence the digging. If past governments were dug, we would have found worst things.. Every right thinking Nigerian knows this.
      I don’t support corruption but if you must dig one, then dig all.

  3. nene+

    May 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Seems mama is disappointed.
    Never mind,recycled older men are warming up for presidency. I tot its better with recycled ancestors?

  4. preci

    May 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    She is right. These old men have DRIVEN our country to the ground. They don’t listen to us the young ones, they don’t want to explore new ideas, not saying young people are the only solution but we need a diversity of people running this country. It’s cause of the stupidity being able to marry a 13 yr old is possible, in 2016! 2016 people, mchew.

  5. Ephi

    May 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Hilary Clinton – 68
    Donald Trump – 69
    Bernie Sanders – 74

    The figures above speak for themselves. Leadership is not necessarily about age. Good governance is about getting the RIGHT people into government and this is not solely dependent on age. The same way the old steal in Nigeria is the same way the young do. Or is it not the same system where people pay for JAMB expo, bribe for grades, sleep with bosses for promotion. Abegii. Let’s face the issue.

  6. nnenne

    May 20, 2016 at 12:06 am

    @Ephi… Your comparisons don’t add up.

    How many 68, 69 and 74 year old Nigerians are as knowledgeable as these people?
    Majority of our people will throw away their books upon graduation!
    Majority can’t even type, use spreadsheet, power points by themselves. Research is out of the window.
    To think that high school is a requirement to being a president in Nigeria is laughable.
    Who makes these rules?

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