With only a few weeks to the primary elections of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Nigerian youths can’t wait any longer to see the results, hoping that the only candidate who serves as an avenue for the young people to take over is fielded.
As the world changes and countries recognize that younger people should be given the opportunity to lead the society, young Nigerians are no longer willing to take a back seat in the country’s affairs. The people who have become heavily involved in political movements ahead of the 2023 presidential elections have adopted a candidate as their own, and that candidate is none other than Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Nigeria’s youngest governor.
While some refer to him as “the eyes of the youth,” others see him as the youth ambassador who has demonstrated to Nigerians that young people are able and capable of leading in all capacities of governance.
Bello was elected governor at a time when young Nigerians were severely marginalized. Against all odds, he gathered young people from within and outside the state to form his formidable government, and his cabinet is now made up of roughly 70% young people. As a result, young Nigerians yearn for replication of that at the presidency.
From Bello’s deputy to his Chief of Staff and every member of his cabinet, you can only find young people. Even those in their early twenties.
With the mantra of “youth O’Clock” taking over the Nigerian political space, it has become obvious that the young people are hungry for power and will be disappointed if the APC goes against their wish.
According to statistics, young people account for roughly 60% of Nigeria’s population, and their voting power can never be underestimated. Perhaps this is one critical point on which the APC should capitalize to defeat any opposition in the general election.
Nigerian youths are enraged, believing that the same old recycled politicians have failed them over and over again. The people are not ready to take over the Aso Roch as their leader, and Yahaya Bello is the only link between them and power.