Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has lent his voice to the subject of the upcoming 2019 elections. Warning that the country would be treading a dangerous path if it elected a youth as president.
Sagay encouraged youths to fight for power but also shunned the idea of youths running for a leadership position. He says there is no proof that youths are better than elders in leadership.
He argued that anyone thinking youths would perform better in positions of authority in Nigeria was shallow-minded. and added that older leaders would not willingly let go of power and watch the youths take over, except they struggled for it.
He condemned the campaign of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run movement, advising them to wait till they attain the constitutionally required age for contesting public office.
According to him,
“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.”
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