​#NotTooYoungToRun: Controversial publisher urges Nigerian youth to stop begging for power

You must have heard of #NotTooYoungToRun, a movement lobbying Nigerian lawmakers to lower the age of qualifying for elective posts so younger people could run for office.
Africa is plagued by gerontocracy a. k. a. “government by the elders”; a situation where majority of the leaders are old men…dying old men.

Many believe most of these “old cargoes” are bereft of the vigour and ideas needed to make Nigeria work.

#NotTooYoungToRun continues to gain momentum at a time President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s sickly, old head of government, is receiving medical treatment in London. He’s been away for over 70 days and has failed to disclose the nature of his ailment to the public.

Buhari’s party, APC, also has a “youth leader” who’s actually not a young man. The young men and women who should care seemed to have struck deals with the government of the day. Some of them were even reported to have gone to Aso Rock to eat jollof rice. Yes, like seriously.

Still, those behind #NotTooYoungToRun believe legislation lowering the age for elective posts could arrest the trend, in Nigeria.

But Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore believes Nigeria’s young need a more radical approach.

“My criticism of the #NotTooYoungToRun agitators is very simple,” Sowore wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

“I cannot imagine young people who are more than 60% of Nigeria’s population begging some 500 charlatans at the National Assembly to pass a law to let them run for office.

“This is beggarly idiotic!

“How about #NotTooYoungToFight for your inalienable rights, people?!

“Stop whining please, stand and fight, no one is going to freaking hand you political power without a fight!

“Chase the crazy bald heads out of town and claim your space!”

My take

Sowore practises a brand of journalism many say uses “unholy” means to get ends meet. He’s also remoured to be on the payroll of some top politicians. Those who disagree with him on the matter in question may point to these to discredit the point he’s making here. They may have to do better.

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