Governor Yahaya Bello has urged Nigerian youths to seek a younger president after older figures such as President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, failed the country.
Mr Bello, who was born on June 18, 1975, sees himself as a future leader of Africa’s most populous black nation.
“The older generations have disappointed us,” Mr Bello said, adding that it is time for the younger generation to take over the helm of leadership and make things right.
To emphasise his point, the Kogi governor added, “The burden as youths is on you to take this into your own hands to repair the future of this nation.”
“You have asked me to lead you as president, and I will do so when the time comes. You must make the voices as clear as possible.”
Mr Bello made the call on Wednesday in Lokoja, when he broke his Ramadan fast with some youths and members from the state’s various student unions.
The governor, a supporter of youth leadership, urged them to seize control of their future and, in his opinion, capitalise on the opportunities given by Mr Buhari.
He noted that Mr. Buhari’s signing into law of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill enabled youths to run for political positions of their choosing.
He did, however, warn the youth not to let themselves be used as weapons to commit abuse or crimes.
“You should not be used as tools to perpetrate some kind of violence or crime because the future of this country is in your hands,” Mr Bello said.