Back in those days that we were still in primary school, our teachers told us then that we are the leaders of tomorrow in which we believe. But now, reverse is the case. Its been over 25 years now that those people in government then are still the one ruling us up till this present moment. I don’t know maybe it is until when we attain the age of 70 to 80 years before it will happen. We are the leaders of tomorrow indeed. To me,our teachers made mention of that because they want us to focus on our education, read our books, and also to get good grades. They know that readers are leaders. All thanks to them. I am able to write this because of what I’ve been taught in school right from primary school and beyond.
Furthermore, I will like to make use of a notion to buttress my point. There is a popular saying that ‘Knowledge is light, Education is the key to success’, but in a situation whereby we have the light (knowledge) and also the key (Education) but the padlock to where the success is have been changed by our leaders. Why do I say so? It is because they know that it is only a successful person that will fight for a position. They believe that the young educated generation may wipe out their time. That is the more reason we see people of 60 years and above holding major position in the country. There is no new faces in government.
Aside this, how can we the leaders of tomorrow when the incumbent president of France, Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron was still in his mother’s womb when our former president; General Olusegun Obasanjo first serve as the military head of state in 1976 and was later elected as the president in 1999. Remember, Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) is a pioneer and a driving force in Nigerian politics as at today. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, David Mark, Atiku Abubakar, Ibrahim Babangida, The Saraki’s and others were notable names that we’ve heard in the past which are still a force to reckon with in today’s politics.
Most of these people are not active again in politics, but other politicians runs to them when the needs arise i.e During election or court case. But in exchange of something. You should know that. The questions to ask now is:
- Why can’t they step down fully for young and vibrant generation?
- Why must they serve as backbone to other politicians which are not up to their level?
- Why must they appoint who to be voted for by the electorate?
- Why is it that official positions is from father to son, all in their hands?
- Why must they appoint old people as candidate during election?
In any developed nation, young and vibrant people are elected into high offices or major position. Frederic Macron became the president of his country at the age of 39. There are other world leaders which are below 40 years of age and they are; Saleh Ali al–Sammad of Yemen (38 years), Emil Dimitriev of Macedonia (38 years), Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk of Bhutan (37 years), Tamim Bin Hamal Al Thani of Qatar (36 years), Kim Jong Un of North Korea (34 years), Vanessa D’Ambrosio of San Marino (29 years) and others. These are the people we should call that at their elementary days.
Now, lets forget about Nigeria. Some of African leaders have been in office before the aforementioned names were born or as a toddler. Paul Biya of Cameroon, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Dennis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and others have been in power before these people knows what is being called politics. What is wrong with us in Africa? These African leaders will continue to rule with old philosophy. None of African leaders is below the age of 40 years.
Back to Nigeria, the official age of our president is 73 years in which the actual age will be more than that (Probably 10 years plus). Imagine a 74 year old man ruling a great country like Nigeria with old philosophy. Do you think there will be any improvement? No wonder a man been interviewed said ‘Nigeria is the most backward society in the world’. I won’t take that, though. We need to do something to this. It is a difficult task to achieve but with time and intervention of God, everything will be sorted out.
I would have advice revolution, but how many innocent souls are we to shed their blood. Let’s just wait for the right time.