LEADERSHIP, AGE AND PERFORMANCE.
The two most recent Presidential candidates in the US Elections were 74 and 77yrs old respectively.
Their Senate Majority leader (Mitch McConnell) is 78yrs old and has been in the senate for 35yrs.
Their House is led by an 80yrs old woman (Nancy Pelosi) and she’s been there for 31yrs.
Nigeria’s problem is not age but mentality: “turn by turn”, “chop-I-chop”, “National cake”, “Yahoo Yahoo is brain at work”, “cheating is smartness” etc.
No nation becomes better until they change their mentality.
BEING YOUNG IS NOT AN ADVANTAGE UNLESS….
Yahaya Bello was 40, Dimeji Bankole was 34, Orji Kalu was 39
Gov. Yahaya Bello was born on *18th July 1975.
He became governor on Jan 27th 2016 aged 40yrs.
Anyim Pius Anyim was born 19th Feb. 1961.
He was elected Senate President in August 2000 aged 39.
Let’s talk about Dimeji Bankole.
He was born 14th, Nov. 1969 and was elected into house of Reps in 2003 when he was just 34!!!
He later became speaker of house of Reps. in Nov 2007 at 38yrs as a bachelor.
Let me shock you more…
Orji Uzor Kalu was born on 21st, April 1960 and was elected in 1999 at just 39.
AM I COMMUNICATING?
Donald Duke was born 30-11-1961, also elected governor of Cross River State in 1999 at 38.
These are some of the *YOUTHS* who had found themselves in leadership positions.
Did they do things differently?
What indelible marks would you say Dimeji left as speaker being a young man?
What of Orji Uzor Kalu?
Did he serve Abia State differently and better as a young man?
Our problem is not age of aspirants or candidates.
Those who plunged us into this wahala are also youths.
The active players in the civil war were all youths.
The actors of 1st and 2nd coup of 1966 were all young men.
One of them was Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu.
He was just 29 years then, born on 26th, Feb 1937
The beneficiaries of subsequent coups were also youths
Yes! In their 20s, 30s and early 40s.
One of them was Yakubu Gowon.
Yakubu was born 19-10-1934, became head of state in July 1966 at youthful age of just 32!!!
He married his wife, Victoria as a sitting head of state!
What do all these our parents tell us made them to fail and we think we can do differently and better?
Are these ones; Bukola Saraki, Dino malaiye,, Wike, Tambuwa, Fayose not youths?
What positive impact did they make?
Those shouting ‘Not too young to rule’ must also remember *’NOT TOO YOUNG TO STEAL’
Our problem is not age, sex, qualification, tribe or religion of leaders.
It is having that DETERMINATION and COMMITMENT TO SERVE.
It’s about being God FEARING AND POSSESSING LEADERSHIP QUALITIES like AHMADU BELLO, AWOLOWO, ZIK and others.
They were also youthful when they came on board.
So, it is NOT just about their AGE.
They were determined to serve
_May God bless our country 🇳🇬 Nigeria._