It is safe to say that President Muhammedu Buhari is currently at a crossroads in terms of who his successor should be, especially given the weight of those vying for the presidency from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, come 2023.
However, Mr. President should be aware that if he makes a mistake in endorsing the wrong person, he risks losing the respect Nigerians have for him and the honor he deserves when he leaves office and becomes a former President after his tenure.
Many believe that Buhari must observe Nigerians’ body language to determine who the people truly want among the political heavyweights vying for the number one office.
On Saturday, nearly half of the Nigerian youth population took to the streets across the six geopolitical zones to march in support of Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello, urging that he be allowed to become the next president. The youths made a powerful statement that is still being heard and trending on social media.
Nigerians have repeatedly elected old people to power, and it appears that the country is not growing as expected. With the people’s bad experiences, it’s obvious that they are now interested in a younger person.
To accentuate this point, young Nigerians have been absent from school for months due to a strike. Some have taken to the streets to complain that while they are at home, their Kogi State University classmates are in class. Of course, Bello resolved the state’s strike issue. This, without a doubt, is inspiring young people to believe that Bello can do the same at the national level.
If the APC and President Buhari want the goodwill of Nigerian youths, no candidate other than Yahaya Bello, a young man, should be considered because the youths feel secure with him looking at the massive support he is enjoying from young people across the nation.
The governor has the youngest set of appointees across the nation and it’s without a doubt that through a man of such figure, the sons and daughters of the nobodies shall become somebodies.