No evidence that Nigerian youths will be better off in leadership position – Itse Sagay


Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay says the youths in Nigeria are not yet ready for leadership roles as they think more of accumulating overnight wealth rather than wanting to gradually build up their assets and business.


Prof. Sagay while speaking to journalists on Monday also said it will be shallow-thinking for anyone to think that if a youth becomes president, he will do better than the older ones.


“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. 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,’ he said.


He said the preponderance of evidence is that it is riskier to have a youth, in Nigeria at the helm of affairs.


“Speaking generally, there is no evidence whatsoever that the youths are better. We will regret it. So, let’s just leave things as they are. Let people come to power naturally by the political process that we know. That is the only way forward,” he said.


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