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Kalu makes case for youths in governance


IBADAN – A former governor of Abia,  Dr Orji Uzor Kalu,  has advised the nation’s  old generation leaders  to allow youths take up leadership positions.

Kalu gave the advice on Thursday in Ibadan while speaking with journalists on the side lines  of the  Centenary Lecture organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council.

He said: “To worsen matters , the old  generation leaders are still the ones calling the shots in most cases.

“If you go through the National Conference delegates’ list, you will be amazed by the number of men in their eighties and  still trying to determine the type of future suitable for the millennial generation.

“What fresh ideas can these old men offer on the way forward?

“There can be no credible leadership until first generation leaders begin to gradually withdraw and allow the younger generation to take charge.

“It is a deceit to keep saying that the younger ones are tomorrow’s leaders when, by actions and thoughts, the elders have no plan to vacate  their seats.”

He, however, advised the younger generation to follow the path of honesty and rise up to the task of taking up  leadership positions.

“The younger ones have a lot to learn from the elders  while the elders in turn need creative ideas from them,” he added.  (NAN)|

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