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There may be youth revolution in 2023, says ex APC spokesman Abdullahi

We are going to graduate from the era of every Tom, Dick and Harry coming out to be president, governor and other political positions because at the end of the month national cake will be shared.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

/ by Joe Adams
Bolaji Abdullahi 
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of Sports and Youths, former spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that Nigerian youths may revolt in 2023 which will bring about a new Nigeria.

According to Abdullahi, a new government will emerged in 2023 which will be devoid of ethnicity and tribalism because many of the Nigerian youth don’t have that ethnic consciousness that has bedevilled the country for years.


He said that the youth are very educated and their understanding of politics and the factors they may consider in making electoral choices will determine the outcome of the 2023 general election.

The former APC spokesman said this in an interview with Sunday SUN.




His words, "The crop of people that will be coming into politics will be people that have contribution to make. We are going to graduate from the era of every Tom, Dick and Harry coming out to be president, governor and other political positions because at the end of the month national cake will be shared.

"Now, that money will no longer be available, all cadres of governments are reviewing their 2020 budgets. The Federal Government started it, benchmarking it $20pb. There will be no money as it used to be and lots of things should have to change. All the wastages, profligacy, will certainly reduce.

"As it is now, nobody can accurately estimate how far the impact of this COVID-19 pandemic will go, but as far as we can see, I believe it will create opportunity for genuine people with ability and competence to contest elections in the country.



Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic will shape the 2023 general elections he said: "It should certainly shape the 2023 general elections because if the conversation was largely about the ethnicity of the president whether he should come from the North or South, whether rotational at the centre, state and local governments level, the conversation is likely to shift beyond those parochial considerations to the issue of competency and suitability.

"We are going to face an unprecedented challenge and we need people who can re-enact the economy of Nigeria and who can reengineer the economy of the states to come forward. Only recently, Atiku Abubakar came up with ideas of how Nigerian economy can move forward and how the Federal Government should respond to crisis that will likely come out from CODIC-19 pandemic.

"Few days after, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu came up with his own prescriptions on what Nigeria should be doing to mitigate the crisis ahead. What these suggestions mean is that the conversation is already shifting. These are people that will likely come out among others in 2023.


"The crisis will certainly come whether we like it or not because we are not likely going to recover from this situation in maybe another one or two years or even forever. It is certainly going to change lots of things.

"There is going to be counter narrative in 2023 because there are children born in 1999 after the return to democracy that will be voting for the first time in their lives. They never lived under military rule and there is so much of history that they don’t understand, there is so much of the future that is cloudy for them that they can’t fathom.

"They want a different kind of future especially as almost all of them are educated except in extreme situation. Their understanding of politics and the factors they consider in making electoral choices should differentiate them from what it used to be.



"Many of them don’t have that ethnic consciousness that has bedevilled the country. Those living in Abuja, Lagos or other major cities have taken it as their state of origin.

"For them visiting village is like visiting their fathers’ village not theirs. All these will change the trajectory of Nigerian politics starting from 2023 and I think that the future is very gloomy because a lot of things are not clear. However, from the ashes of COVID-19 pandemic, a better Nigeria will emerge.




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