Asari Dokubo, former militant leader, has supported Ibrahim Babangida, former military president, on the age bracket of Nigeria’s next president.
In a recent interview, Babangida said he already had in mind the ideal next president of Nigeria and that the candidate is in his 60s.
The former military dictator said the idea of a good Nigerian leader is someone who has a friend everywhere, must also be well-versed in economics, and be a good politician able to talk to Nigerians.
Reacting to the statement, Dokubo appreciated the former Nigerian leader for admitting that the older generation has failed the country and it is time for the younger generation to step forward and take power.
In a video posted on his Facebook page on Monday, the agitator blamed Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges on bad leadership caused by the older politicians.
Dokubo, however, advised Nigerian youths to come together, and identify those who are capable of leading the change.
He wrote: “The younger generation must step forward now and take power. Power is not given, power is taken.
“Now that the older generation has realized that they failed. Ibrahim Babangida had come out to say that it is time for these people to retire. And that is the truth. They have nothing to offer.
We have to look beyond their shoulders for much younger people to take over leadership positions, and correct the wrongs and the stagnation that the black race has been put into.”
He added: “We lack that commitment on the part of the people who are leading the black race today.
“For Ibrahim Babangida, I say thank you for the first time, for saying what will change and totally revolutionise the face of politics in this part of the world.
“So for us, young people, we should come together, and identify those of us who are capable of leading this change. This is the time.”
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