Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has reiterated his idea on ending gerontocracy in Nigerian polity and appealed to younger generation to take over power.
He said since some elders have tried their best for Nigeria, and some also failed, it was time for youths to take charge.
Bello said this during a courtesy call on him by executive members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors led by its President, Mustapha Isah.
He used the occasion to condemn agitation for a power shift to a section of the country, noting that such calls were born out of ethnic sentiments and a breach of the constitution.
“I began to prepare for the office of the governor in 2007 after the general election. I was getting myself prepared, waiting for the opportunity to present itself. So, my level of preparedness met opportunity, then I waited for no one, rather I struck, then God completed the rest.
“The Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill that was signed into law by the President only substantiated or buttressed what I have long demonstrated or put into practice by myself and my team.
“Our elders have tried their best; you can’t do more than your capacity, and that is natural. Our elders have really done well, at least they founded this country, fought for the unity of this country, and some of the social amenities that you are seeing today and policies were inherited from them, it is now incumbent on us the young generation to take the country from where it is today to the next level,” he said.