- Youthfulness alone does not qualify one for leadership, Adams Oshiomhole has said
- The APC national chairman opines that what counts is exposure and the ability to lead
- He urged young people to look beyond politics and also learn how to manage businesses and run enterprises
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has advised Nigerian youths not to live under the illusion that they are qualified for leadership by virtue of their age alone.
He made the comment during a Channels TV interview on Monday night, September 10.
NAIJ.com gathers that Oshiomhole spoke in response to a question about the high cost of the ruling party’s nomination and expression of interest forms.
He said: “I don’t want our young people to wonder under this illusion that age is a quality; just because you are young, therefore you assume you will do better. What will count is exposure and ability to lead.
“We need to look at our income distribution and see whether there is a correlation between age and wealth. You are not supposed to start learning leadership with human lives; you are supposed to start learning how to manage, how to superintend a system.
“Not just too young to run for political office; but also not too young to run a business; not too young to run an enterprise.
“Look at what is happening around the world, the founders of Apple and Facebook, these were very young people; they were not too young to become billionaires.
“If you look at the world’s richest people today, they are not the oldest people. There are a lot of young men under 40, under 30 who are multi-billionaires who have overtaken Bill Gates on account of their intelligence and resourcefulness. That is one explanation."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that members of the Not-too-Young-to-Run movement in Gombe state accused some state governors of working to frustrate the leadership ambition of the youths by hijacking the sale of nomination forms.
According to them, the governors were hell-bent on edging out the youths from vying for elected public offices by making the expression of interest and nomination forms exorbitant and out of their reach.
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