The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described as timely and commendable, the call by former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, (rtd), to have people in their 60s as Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Recall that Babangida, otherwise known as IBB, yesterday, during an interview on a television programme, suggested that the time has come for young hands to do the work of fixing the country.
A statement issued by the group’s National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, noted that the former military president had spoken the minds of millions of Nigerians, who have been disturbed by “the political culture of recycling old, tired citizens as presidents of the nation.”
According to the statement, “Gen. Babangida has proved that he is committed to genuine democracy and has demonstrated patriotism with his proposition of injecting fresh blood into the democratic space of today’s Nigeria.
“We are all aware that in terms of leadership/governance globally, the trend is having healthy and intellectually vibrant people at the helms of affairs,” Shettima said.
“We’re calling on all political parties in the country to shun the culture of recycling old and incompetent candidates for the nation’s presidency because the youths will no longer support that dangerous trend anymore”, he added.