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Nigeria Problem Is Not Age But Mentality: By Journalist Emeka Ogwu by Naijaexploit(m): 5:44pm On Nov 08, 2020
Do you know that in American presidential poll, the two Presidential candidates are 74 and 77yrs old respectively.

Their Senate Majority leader (Mitch McConnell) is 78yrs old and has been in the senate for 35yrs.

Their House is led by an 80yrs old woman (Nancy Pelosi) and she’s been there for 31yrs.

Nigeria's problem is not age but mentality: "turn by turn", "chop-I-chop", "Yahoo Yahoo is brain at work", "cheating is smartness" etc.

*No nation becomes better until they change their mentality.


Yahaya Bello was 40, Dimeji Bankole was 34, Orji Kalu was 39

Gov. Yahaya Bello was born on 18th July 1975.

He became governor on Jan 27th 2016 aged 40yrs.

Anyim Pius Anyim was born 19th Feb. 1961.

He was elected Senate President in August 2000 aged 39.

Let's talk about Dimeji Bankole.

He was born 14th, Nov. 1969 and was elected into house of Reps in 2003 when he was just 34!!!

He later became speaker of house of Reps. in Nov 2007 at 38yrs as a bachelor.

Let me shock you more....

Orji Uzor Kalu was born on 21st, April 1960 and was elected in 1999 at just 39.


Donald Duke was born 30-11-1961, also elected governor of Cross River State in 1999 at 38.

These are some of the YOUTHS who had found themselves in leadership positions.

Did they do things differently?

What indelible marks would you say Dimeji left as speaker being a young man?

What of Orji Uzor Kalu?

Did he serve Abia State differently and better as a young man?

Our problem is not age of aspirants or candidates.

Those who plunged us into this wahala are also youths.

The active players in the civil war were all youths.

The actors of 1st and 2nd coup of 1966 were all young men.

One of them was Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu.

He was just 29 years then, born on 26th, Feb 1937

The beneficiaries of subsequent coups were also youths

Yes! In their *20s, 30s and early 40s.

One of them was Yakubu Gowon.

Yakubu was born 19-10-1934, became head of state in July 1966 at youthful age of just 32!!!

He married his wife, Victoria as a sitting head of state!

What do all these our parents tell us made them to fail and we think we can do differently and better?

Are these ones; Bukola Saraki, Dino malaiye,, Wike, Tambuwa, Fayose not youths?
What positive impact did they make?

Those shouting 'Not too young to rule' must also remember 'NOT TOO YOUNG TO STEAL'

Our problem is not age, sex, qualification, tribe or religion of leaders.



They were also youthful when they came on board.

So, it is NOT just about their AGE.

They were determined to serve

May God bless our country �� Nigeria.

Re: Nigeria Problem Is Not Age But Mentality: By Journalist Emeka Ogwu by Acekidc4(m): 5:51pm On Nov 08, 2020
True Talk..... Age is but a Number.......it's Definitely Wisdom
Re: Nigeria Problem Is Not Age But Mentality: By Journalist Emeka Ogwu by etrange: 6:51pm On Nov 08, 2020
We always use the US as a model. If the US is like this, then we should be fine like that. I appreciate that cause the US as a country has passed through many of the things we're passing through today. It's the most populated country amongst the oldest democracies so there's always something to learn from their model. But we must also consider the nuances between our society and the American society.

My point is, it could still be age. You see, America was already enlightened even before Trump was born. So even though he's old, he was born into an enlightened and progressive society. Same goes for Biden and the rest. The gap between the old and the youth in the US is generally not dramatically wide. Whereas in Nigeria, it's a different ball game. The country has experienced some shift in lifestyle in relatively recent years perhaps due to foreign education, the internet and other forms of youth exposure. Thus, the younger generation has a drastically different perspective. Their desires, their definition of fulfillment, their hunger to catch up with the rest of the world, etc. might be different. A power switch between the older generation and the current one would definitely not be business as usual. Something may remain, after all, they are our elders and we learned a lot from them both good and bad. But like I said, it will definitely not be the same outcome. Whether the younger generation will do better or worse is yet another discussion.

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