Omoyele Sowore is one of the many Nigerians who want to be president in 2019, riding on the call for the younger generation to take charge.

The African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate is known to be aggressive, fearless and highly confrontational in his approach and from all his comments in recent weeks, we can tell he is an angry man.

The human rights activist and Sahara Reporters founder salivates at every opportunity he gets to attack the current government and past Nigerian leaders.

The 2019 edition of Felabration offered him, alongside other young 2019 presidential aspirants like motivational speaker, Mr Fela Durotoye as well as lawyer and management consultant, Eunice Atuejide the opportunity to speak.

The event, which held on Monday, October 15 at the Neca Hall, Hakeem Balogun Street, Ikeja was in respect of the celebration of life and time of Fela.

With the topic being ‘African Leadership in The Millennium’ the young presidential candidates were expected to talk on the leadership role that Fela played with his music.

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However, Sowore tore into the duo of APC and PDP leaders and practically rained curses on them.

The endorsement of PDP presidential candidate and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo obviously irritates Sowore.

“Dishonest unpatriotic inhuman Obasanjo told us that he has forgiven Atiku and recommended him to come and destroy us.

“If God does not punish Obasanjo we would stop going to church. I have not gone to church in a long time (but) if God destroys Obasanjo and all the other old leaders, we would go back to church.

“They should teach our children that Buhari is a useless man and Atiku is a thief. Nigeria has no future with these people,” he said.

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Even some of the younger politicians were not spared in his verbal missiles, as he seems to believe everyone who has ruled before now has failed Nigeria, no matter how popular they seem.

“While we fought against Abacha and Babangida, Donald Duke supported Abacha must stay, I wish he came today, I would have liked to confront him.”

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Aligning with the theme for the event, Sowore noted that although the legendary Afrobeat musician, Fela Kuti had passed on, he has refused to die because of his message.

“We have experience fighting for what is right, we have been fighting what Fela calls 'international thief theif' who have graduated to 'Global robbers'.”

“I want to be the best black president in Africa like Fela, who would have been the best black president,” he declared.

But do not be deceived, Sowore knows that becoming Nigeria’s president is not same as being Student Union president and that the battle ahead is never going to be easy. This is his recommendation.

“PVC cannot guarantee that the older generation will hand over power easily. For the next generation to take back power, there has to be a revolution.”

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All the speakers agreed that Nigeria has a leadership problem, after all that is why they all want to be president. But they seem to differ on solutions and approaches. 

For the lady, Eunice Atuejide, it is not just about replacing with new young faces, it is more important to pick right than pick young.

“It is not about age. We could end up picking someone worse than Buhari. There are some young evil people.

“We need to pick people with the right character. I have no problem having a president who is 140 years old as long as he can carry everyone along better is not necessarily younger,” she said.

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