“Age shouldn’t be a barrier to decide who will become Nigeria’s president” – Ex INEC Chairman, Jega

Ex INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, goes against the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida on the age limit of deciding Nigeria’s next president.

Recall that in a recent interview, Ibrahim Babangida had said he already had in mind who the next president of Nigeria will be and that the candidate is in his 60s.

He explained that the idea of a good Nigerian leader is someone who has a friend everywhere, must also be well-educated in economics, and be a good politician that will be able to talk to Nigerians at any point in time.

With such matters arising, Ex INEC boss Jega came into the picture and noted that the next president of Nigeria should be the best choice of the citizens of the country, adding that age should not matter or stand in as a barrier

He said:

“That is his (Babangida) personal opinion. But as far as I am concerned, the President of Nigeria should be the best choice of the people of Nigeria. Age may not matter.

“As a political scientist, I have read about Nigerian politics, I understand the challenges and I have also had the privilege for five years of relating relatively more loosely with Nigerian politicians, so, I have a clear appreciation of the serious challenges that Nigeria faces particularly, the dangerous trajectory, which many of our politicians are leading this country to and if we all sit and watch and allow this, in no time they would wreck this country.”

While speaking on the electoral amendment bill before the National Assembly, Jega said that the bill should not be passed until certain critical elements are addressed and treated fairly.

He noted that if those elements are not attended to, it would create more problems than the decision intends to solve.

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