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A renowned philanthropist, lawyer and businessman, Barrister Benjamin Kalu has revealed that President Buhari will hand over to young person, come 2023 because they will come with fresh ideas.
According to him,
“Buhari will handing over to young person who will come with fresh ideas come 2023, so the earlier we galvanize and recruit the youths, those calibers of individuals who have fresh thoughts, fresh ideas, the better for Nigeria and for our party ”
He equally charged youths to brace up for leadership that will be driven by idea and innovation.
Kalu made this known after delivering a lecture on “The Role of Youths in Nation Building,” at a conference organised by Vision Alive, a Non Governmental Organization, in Aba.
Barrister Kalu who is a 2019 House of Representatives hopeful for Bende Federal Constituency stressed the need for the Nigerian youth to be prepared, seek for mentorship, participate and be passionate about the change they clamour for.
Speaking with Igbere TV correspondent shortly after the lecture, Kalu said that he doesn’t agree totally that youths don’t have the financial capacity to run for various offices.
According to him,
“The qualification for leadership is not youth (age). It is preparation. Remember nothing is given, everything is taken. You can be taken or take if you are ready.
“Seek self-development. Educate yourself beyond academics. Build your character, competence, courage and capacity. Seek Mentorship: Living good examples still abound. Discover one around you and draw near to him. The patience for mentorship is lacking in our youth. Follow the steps of those who have done it right and you will not go wrong.”
“There are processes of political integration. Find them and go through them for better leadership in the future. Participate. Observation is not enough. If you must observe, let it be participatory observation and not non-participatory observation mostly found on social media and peer chats around newspaper stands. This can never compare with the report of a participant.”
“Participate correctly, participate from the grassroot to the national level, remembering that all politics is local and that politics of change starts from the smallest unit. Nation building starts with you.”
“Support unity. National diversity found in ethnicities, cultural values, languages, religion and beliefs, should be found in strength not a weakness. Ethnic and religious bigotry have crippled our country for so long. But it should not to be so. Two can actually walk together because they agreed. Bigotry is no longer fashionable. The older generation did not realize this and they failed.”
“The youth must demolish these barriers because the world is becoming a global community and Nigeria should not be left out” he explained.”
The APC chieftain also maintained that age is not a barrier to achieving one’s dream.
In his words ;
“We are not completely left out of this too as a number of Nigerian youths have excelled in various fields, using their successes to contribute to nation building. A few months ago, Nigerian music star and ambassador Wizkid sold out the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena in London, a monumental moment of pride for the culture and for all Nigerians worldwide.”
“We all fondly remember the delight we felt whenever Musa scored at the last World Cup tournament. Suddenly, ethnicity did not matter anymore as we all chorused Musa for president.”
“In the literary community, writers like Chimamanda Adichie and Tomi Adeyemi have made their contributions. The youth in our film industry, Nollywood, also contribute to national building by telling our stories.”
“In the above list however, it is very striking that the youths have not excelled in political leadership like the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo aged 37, Samuel Ladoke Akintola 36, Ahmadu Bello 36, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa 34, Chief Festus Okotie-eboh 27, Chief Anthony Enahoro 27 among others, who were passionate nationalists and laid the foundation of this great nation with their youthful energy. Where is your mettle, your courage, your vision, your integrity, your discipline and your patriotism? Nigeria is in need of youths that will do better than the founding fathers.”
Finally, Kalu said that only the national assembly will determine whether Saraki will be removed, not APC and PDP.
Other speakers at the conference include Professor Kingsley Moghalu, a Young Progressive Party, YPP, presidential candidate, who spoke on Leadership Exploration and Development, among others.
See more photos as obtained by our correspondent who was live at the event.