Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), have disclosed that Nigeria would be embarking on a risky journey if it elected a youth as the Country’s president.
Professor Sagay made this known in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT on Monday 12 February, 2018 as he said there was no evidence that youths were better than elders in leadership.
Sagay urged the youths to come out and fight for power, he argued that power was not served a la carte, adding that the older generations would not willingly hand over power to youths on a platter of gold unless the younger generations worked for it.
According to him, it is absurd seeing a 20-year-old coming to contest as senator of the Federal Republic.
He said: �Number one: it is shallow-thinking for anyone to think that if a youth becomes president, he will do better than the older one.
�It is very shallow thinking because, as I see it, it is the youths of Nigeria today who believe in overnight wealth, who want billions overnight, who don’t want to work for their living and gradually build up their assets and business.
�That psychology of overnight wealth is almost exclusively a youth attribute.
�Number two: who is stopping the youths? All these people who are advocating that the youths should take over are in essence saying the older ones should just call the youths and say ‘come and take power’.
�If you want power, you work for it. You are not going to sit down in your sitting room and somebody will bring power to you. Let them join the fray.”
He also went further to advise Nigerians to maintain the status quo, which implies allowing President Buhari to continue for another term in office.
�All these people they mentioned, like France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Sebastian Kurz of Austria, and other young leaders worked hard for it.
�They came out in the open and campaigned for votes and people voted for them.
�George Weah was tenacious in his quest until he got it. Even President Buhari succeeded in his fourth attempt.
�They will be fooling themselves if they think they can sit on their backpedal and somebody will hand over power to them. That is a pure delusion.
�Speaking generally, there is no evidence whatsoever that the youths are better.
�In fact, the preponderance of evidence is that it is riskier to have a youth, at least in this country, at the helm of affairs.
�We will regret it. So, let’s just leave things as they are. Let people come to power naturally by the political process that we know. That is the only way forward,” he said.
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