Nigeria achieved a major milestone in the annals of our political history a few months ago with the historic passing of an Independent Candidacy Bill and an impressive Not Too Young to Run Bill. It was a reason to celebrate that I described like when Lincoln passed the bill on slavery abolition. However, history has also proved that every new law though passed to meet a challenge still needs to be implemented not to be abused by people who have eagerly waited for it to happen.
With Nigeria now a Capitalist state with many people creating wealth both young and old but with a limitation of involvement in party politics, this particular bill has done a lot to remove every barrier while still or maybe created an opportunity for political self-proclamation, declaration of self-based on inner convictions, family, friends, money or otherwise. Nigeria is in need of good, quality and sound leadership to bring us at par with the world that is many light years ahead. It is not a joke to revive or build a nation especially when it seems like we are still starting unfortunately after 56 years.
As 2019 draws closer and with the many frustrations of the old guard of leaders, young people are eager to play a role in shaping and securing their future. The Not Too Young to Run Bill and Independent Candidacy Bill have made it easier for such to happen. Rather than waiting to be given an opportunity in the different parties which might take time, young people can and are declaring their intentions to run for office. This is laudable and worthy of applause.
However, in a situation whereby anyone thinks he can for the sake of the new laws, money and resources run for office without an understanding of what it means to lead and change things in a place like Nigeria, then a bad future awaits us. The fault in our leadership today is because we Africans hardly prepare for the leadership we seek to occupy. A leader in waiting should be able to solve the problems of the future today. History will be repeating itself if by 2019 we the young people campaign for office without clear goals, manifestos and how to achieve them with facts, figures and data. The times of vague promises to create heaven are over, both for the old and new. If we are not bringing anything different then the two bills would have been in vain and the next 50 years even bleaker.
For the next in our series; 2019 series, we would be dealing on how we can rally as young people, confront the evils in our generation and the old generation and chart our course beyond taken back power.
Remember, it is not enough to get power in politics, how do you govern with it for the good of all?