Political figures, including the former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola, former presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati and former presidential candidate, Dele Momodu have called for the removal of age limit for elective posts across the country.
This was agreed at a youth submit organized by the Rise Networks in commemoration of the 2015 edition of the United Nations International Youth Day at the University of Lagos, yesterday.
Speaking at different times Fashola, Abati and Dele Momodu urged the youth to close the rank between the older politicians and themselves if they must wrestle power from the older politicians.
Dele Momodu cited the case of his presidential campaign manager, Ohimai Godwin, who was only 26 years old and told the students to draw inspiration from such and aspire to contest for elective posts.
Speaking to the youths, Fashola said Nigerian youths have prayed and talked more about their problems rather than take actions.
“I left school 28 years ago, my son has graduated from the university, I cannot be a youth and there is no reason for a 50 something years old man to be a youth leader of a political party. This is because you (youths) left a vacuum.
“Youths issues will not go away if we keep talking. I urge all of you to please try and find materials on Nigeria history. I think if you do, you will find out what young Nigerians have done,” he said.
The embattled former governor further urged young Nigerians not to give up and find strength to always win. He said in spite of governments’ failure, Nigerian youths can win.
Speaking during a panel session, Rueben Abati tasked youths to be more responsible on social media rather than turn it to a vehicle to abuse person who he ordinary they can’t stand before.
Abati quickly threw a jab at the moderator, Tolu Ogunlesi, who he said called someone an idiot after another twitter user attacked him.
The former Presidential spokesperson said the social media at several instances aided his job as Fashola hinted that he is optimistic that soon, no one would remain anonymous on social media before adding that he only engage people who are constructive and can be identified on his social media accounts.
It would be recalled that Moses Siasia, a governorship aspirant in Bayelsa state, who is just 35 years old recently said that the Peoples Democratic Party does not have respect for youths