Atiku wants to be president of Nigeria come 2019. That is no longer news.

But some people are asking him to shelve his ambition for a much younger person.

But he is having none of that. Instead, he has some advice for young people in Nigeria.

He has asked those who want to get into politics to first get a mentor.

He spoke as a special guest of honour at a symposium tagged “The Man Atiku’’ organised by Turaki Youth Ambassadors, TURAYA on Saturday in Abuja.

Atiku, who served as the Vice President from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of PDP, identified poor quality of education as one of the factors affecting youths’ participation in high level politics in Nigeria.

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He noted that in developed countries, young people who had the potential of being politicians are identified in schools and exposed to political activities while in school.

“By the time they graduate from school they have mastered the political terrains of their countries. They also try to empower themselves before going full blast into politics,” Atiku said.

Abubakar, however, lamented that in Nigeria, a large chunk of youths get involved in politics by accident, adding that they ventured into politics while in search of green pastures and the green back.

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