By Onoja Johnson
The coast to becoming the youngest president Nigeria would ever produce is getting clearer for the governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaha Bello, as his youthful leadership aspiration has been backed by the United Kingdom.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, had on Wednesday disclosed that the UK government wants only the young people to contest for the 2023 presidency and emerge as leaders of this nation.
Laing who also noted that the eyes of the UK government are on the election disrupters, who she warned would be denied visas, emphasized female representation as she suggested that political parties in Nigeria should front females as Vice President come 2023.
The UK’s ideal Nigeria presidential candidate come 2023 is what governor Bello represents. He is not just young but has records of paying attention to gender equality by placing women in key political positions.
At the award-giving ceremony earlier this week where a role model award on education development was conferred on the governor by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the body hinted at the recognition given to women in Kogi State by the governor as the only state in north-central Nigeria with a female SSG and women vice council chairman in all the local governments in the state with several women councilors.
According to Laing, “2023 is not alright. What happens in the elections is very crucial, not just for Nigeria, but Africa to the world. You (Nigeria) are a large democracy.”
Considering the position the UK government has taken on the 2023 Nigeria presidential election, it has inarguably qualified Bello and painted him as the man for the top governance job.
It’s pertinent to know that the world is evolving and Africa can no longer continue to be a continent known to be controlled by the older generation who lack the capacity of handling a modern society. The UK has discovered the disaster of the leadership of old individuals in Nigeria and that is the reason they have decided to stand with young Nigerians who have as well decided to give governor Bello the mandate as affirmed by the governor in a recent interview with the Channels TV.
It’s without a doubt that the time for the young people has come and it would be a vain effort for people outside the age bracket of the young people to attempt vying to lead the people. The UK seems to be behind governor Yahaya Bello as their body language is audible to the deaf and visible to the blind.