Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari loves Nigerian youths as his administration has given them opportunities to participate in governance.
Bello spoke in Lokoja during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, saying that as part of a measure to ensure youth inclusiveness, President Buhari in his assent to the not-too-young-to-run bill on May 31, 2018.
The bill reduced the prerequisite age for elective positions into the house of assembly and house of representatives from 30 years to 25 years; senate and governorship from 35 years to 30 years, and office of the president from 40 years to 35 years.
”We all know that Mr. President loves Nigerian youths a lot; our leaders have misled us before today. Mr. President has decided to ensure that youths come on board, and signing the not-too-young-to-run bill, and even ensuring that the younger generation are given positions of authority,” he said, noting that it is time for youths to take charge of Nigeria.
He added, “You see the EFCC boss right now. It is time that we allow the younger generation to take charge and fix this country. If our leaders, elders and seniors failed us, we the younger generation should not fail ourselves.
“Let our attention not be diverted on issues of insecurity and some other mundane issues. We should call ourselves together as Nigerians, energetic and forcefully, let’s fix this country.
“The opportunity is presenting itself, it is just a matter of days, weeks and months away, I believe we should be able to get this country fixed.”
The governor also scored his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) high in delivering the dividends of democracy to the citizens.
He said although the APC is barely six years in power, it has performed beyond the 16-year achievement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).