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Would Young People Make Better Leaders? – By Steve Chike Abia

With the emergence of a few young people floating new political parties, as an answer to good governance and effective leadership for a better Nigeria (which is refreshing by the way), Steve Abia weighs in on this new development –

You know, it is not about shouting “Youth Party”. Whether you are a youth or not is immaterial when it comes to leadership in Nigeria. The mere fact that you are a youth does not give you an edge in leadership issues, especially the Nigerian youths.

Go to our campuses and you will see the life of the average Nigerian youth in politics. SUG in campuses is a proof that the Nigerian youth is irredeemable as far as politics is concerned. Stories of student politicians embezzling SUG dues worth millions of Naira is a norm – money paid by their fellow students. SUG elections in Enugu University is worse than the just concluded Rivers state elections.

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Thuggery, violence, ballot snatching, intimidation, voter inducement, financial irregularities… These are the things that define SUG politics in most schools. And this is where we train these youths in the art of ‘politicking’.

In politics, there is nothing exceptional about the Nigerian youth. He is as corrupt and dirty as the old men.
We should place less emphasis on “youths” and talk more about individuals with integrity, vision, intellect, zeal and selfless attitude, be they youths or not.

Steve Chike Abia is a Biomedical scientist, a writer and a social critic. He loves to play table tennis and scrabble. He can be reached on Facebook with the name ‘Steve Chike Abia’


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