President Buhari advice youth to be prepared for leadership (Read Details)


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday acknowledged the contributions of  youths to the development of the country, saying they would certainly take control of the reins of power one day.

For this reason, Buhari asked them to brace for the leadership role ahead of them.

He spoke in Abuja when he received the All Progressives Congress youth leaders from the  six  zones  at the Presidential Villa.

Either we like it or not, we will surely hand over to Nigerian youths. And you have to brace yourself for leadership,” he said.

Buhari is 77 years old, having been born on December 17, 1942.

He became a military Head of State in December 1983 at the age of 41. When he contested election in 2015 for his first term as a President, General Buhari, was 73-years-old.

He stated that to prepare themselves to lead a country like Nigeria, the youths must keep a broader view of the country by preaching religious and ethnic unity.

He noted that having learnt a bitter lesson from the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War, people preparing for leadership roles must not allow anyone to deceive them by promoting disunity among Nigerians.

President Muhammadu Buhari further added that, Some interest groups will come up with ethnic, religious issues, but you have to look at the broader picture.

“We had a civil war that killed over  two million Nigerians, and we learnt our lessons. Our country ‘Nigeria’ is a recognized country and no one should take our firmness for granted.

He also recalled how he joined politics, saying  he took the decision after coming of out jail, post the 1985 military coup.

Buhari added that his background was checked and it was discovered that he committed no crime while serving as petroleum minister, military governor and head of state.

He however revealed that after he was released and nothing was found on me him so he took interest in politics. Further added saying, this is what pushed me into partisan politics; to serve with integrity, the President said, according to a State House statement by his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina.

This is what pushed me to try leadership post as a civilian, after taking off the military uniform.

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