A youth summit ended in Enugu Friday with the participants urging President Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, ex-Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido, among others to drop their presidential ambitions in 2019.
They said these political actors, Governor Ayo Fayose and several others who had indicated interest to rule Nigeria were too old and could no longer able to navigate the country out of her many problems.
The youths, instead, agreed to project a youth that would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The summit in a communique signed by Maryann Chukwuka, Alhaji Haruna and Lawrence Ozifo said: “we have keenly followed Nigerian politics for decades and we come to the conclusion that our fathers have failed in giving us the much expected hope.
“As such, we urge President Buhari, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Sule Lamido, Ayo Fayose and several others who are above 50 years, to give the youths a chance. They have done their best, but it is obvious that their best is not good enough for the country.
“We, hereby, today endorse one of us, Mr. Iheanacho Ezeakor as our candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
“We have been hearing that the future belongs to the youths, but this has gone on for decades and all we see is recycling of old politicians. Some of them will rule in military uniform, remove the uniform and come back as civilian presidents.
“After extensive discussions today, in line with the ‘Not too young to run bill’, we declare that enough is enough; we declare that the Nigerian youths will no longer fold our arms.
“As youths, our collective decision is that we will no longer continue for Biafra agitation, but work to see that one of us becomes the President of Nigeria in 2019.”
An elated Ezeakor, who had convened the summit for the Nigerian youths to brainstorm for the way forward in the country, said he was humbled by the decision of his fellow youths.
While lamenting the worrisome state of affairs in the country, stated that “the future will indeed belong to the youths if they believe in themselves and take up their destiny in their own hands.”
While blaming Nigeria’s problems on inability to think and poor level of consideration, he said “we should not wait forever to get solutions from government; we need to find solutions.
“We are talking about Biafra; I cannot deny it; I don’t think the agitations are illegal, but go about it in a more decent and legal way.
“I agree that getting youths from Igbo land, projecting the person as a presidential candidate will be much better than the Biafra agitation. Let’s make an effort; let’s make a move.
“I don’t believe that the North or the West hates us as we are made to believe; come up with a good idea, you will see the North and the West supporting you. So, for us to succeed, I’m calling on the Nigerian youths to put aside religion and ethnicity.”