Some youths in the North have told the president to get ready to leave office in 2019

The youths under the auspices of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) said Nigerian youths won’t wait till 2023.

The National President of the group, Shettima Yerima said this while reacting to Buhari’s remark that youths should not run against him in 2019, as he signed the "Not Too Young to Run" Bill.

However, Yerima noted that it is not enough to sign the bill, it must also be implemented. 

He called on youths to rise to the occasion and work harder to take over the governance of the country. 

“With or without the bill, nobody can stop any Nigerian from contesting any position in this country. The youths have to rise to the occasion. That the president said the youths should wait till after 2023 is a matter of opinion.

“There is nowhere it is stated in the constitution that Nigerian youths should not contest or should wait till after 2023. Nigerians will decide that.” On how money affects the polity," he said.

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“If he (Buhari) can make it, youths can also make it. So, it is not all about money. The awareness is increasing “Nigerians are now wiser, knowing that politics is not all about money; it is about capacity to deliver and take the country to the next level. 

“Moneybag politics has not taken this country anywhere; rather, we are retrogressing every day. It is high time we began to look at people based on merit, based on their capacity.

“So, it is better to encourage the younger ones to take over the leadership of this country. Money or no money, we must ensure that credible leaders are elected.

“I don’t think Nigerians want to go back to the same thing over and over again. I strongly believe Nigerian youths can do it better.”

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