- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said youths in the country need to be ready for political offices they intend to occupy
- He stated that it is important for youths to move up the ladder of leadership to prepare themselves for politics
- According to him, whatever age a person chooses to run should not matter; but the preparedness of the person
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has told Nigerians youths to brace up for political leadership of the country in the years ahead.
NAIJ.com reports that Osinbajo made the statement on Thursday, April 19, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when he received a delegation of Not Too Young To Run movement.
The vice president said the youths in the country needed to be ready for political offices they intended to occupy, pointing out that leadership positions were not automatic.
Osinbajo said: "It is true that young people are participating in every sphere of the economy and they are doing well, but they ended up there through one process of training or the other. Just like you have to train before you can become a pilot, so it is for politics,” he said.
“I think that whatever age a person chooses to run should not matter; what should matter is the preparedness of the person because elective positions require some skills. Most times people train to acquire other skills but not politics; that’s the way of democracy.”
He said it was important for youths to move up the ladder of leadership to prepare themselves for politics.
Osinbajo recalled that he served as a special adviser at the age of 30 and had been involved in pressure group actives before he became an attorney-general before becoming a vice-president.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that many Nigerian youths just sit and do nothing.
Atiku in a series of tweets on Thursday, April 19, said he will never refer to Nigeria's youth as people who sit and do nothing.
The former vice president added that he has always said oil is not Nigeria’s greatest asset, rather the youths are the country's greatest who created Nollywood out of nothing and an entertainment industry that is second to none in Africa.
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