THE BILL “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN” WON’T BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE BILL “TOO OLD TO RUN”; I CALL TO STOP THE LEADERS OF YESTERDAY FROM BECOMING THE LEADERS OF TODAY, PART 2 BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE
Come to think of it, in a nation where the president and notable political gladiators are older than the nation itself.
How can a young Nigerian like me who is just getting into the law’s age bracket displace them someday if there is no law to limit them from their continuous involvement in the political recycling process.
How effective can the law, “NOT TO YOUNG TO RUN” be if our primary school rhymes “we are the leaders of tomorrow” haven’t been fulfilled due to the dominance of our elders in politics as they sing the rhyme, “we are the leaders of yesterday”.
My president as I write was the leader of yesterday when I was not born and still the leader today that I’m a youth. It begs the question; “who then is the leader of tomorrow?”. From my opinion, in Nigeria, the leaders of yesterday are the leaders of tomorrow.
I know a 70 years old politician, an indigene of Benue state whose time in active participation in politics is older than my age and has always retained a position. He was a military minister of Communication, then military governor of Niger state, He was senate president for 16 years, presently senator representing Benue state zone C at federal constituency and he is also aspiring to be the next governor of Benue.
Another fellow comes to mind among others, a one time governor of Ekiti state whose failures still speaks on volumes, the present minister of Solid Minerals Development and presently vying for the position of the governor of the state he once ruled.
Can we then emphatically say with much assertion that the leaders of yesterday are still the one ruling us as we continue the recycling process in anticipation of other past or present governors, senators and ministers vying for same or other positions at their old ages?
Then, what is the faith of the law, “Not To Young To Run” when the old have no restrictions to remain in the system?