Africa must begin to jettison her age-long proclivity towards sit-tight rulership often by aged and recycled politicians and embrace a new trend of dynamic, progressive and forward-looking governance system that draws inspiration from a generation of youthful leaders if she is to quickly achieve her set developmental goals and objectives.

This is the position Professor Chris Imumolen, Accord party's presidential candidate in the 2023 General Elections holds.

He believes the continent has largely under-achieved for decades because of a system of policking that has, more or less, stifled the participation of the youth in governance, thus leaving a generation of geriatric politicians and leaders who keep being recycled with nothing new to offer.

Enamoured by the recent emergence of Bissirou Diomaye Faye as Senegal's president, the academic and entrepreneur who brought some dynamism and verve into the last presidential contest in Nigeria with his robust engagements and exciting campaigns, said it was time Africa, particularly Nigeria, began to move away from what he calls the "politics of the old" to the politics of the young if she is to break free from stagnation and fulfill her full potentials.

"The emergence of Bissirou Diomaye Faye as Senegal's new president is something that has greatly encouraged me to believe that there is hope for Nigeria and Africa," Professor Imumolen said.

"That the Senegalese people chose youth, vibrancy and dynamism over age or tradition in voting in Faye -- a very young man at the age of 44 -- as their president, only re-inforces the position I have always held that youth is the way to go if we are to achieve rapid cultural, socio-economic development both as a country or continent.

"I entered the race for the presidency in Nigeria in 2022 at the age of 39, convinced that I had the wherewithal to deliver to our people good governance and the full dividends of democracy that the older generation of politicians had often promised them but never, for once, delivered on.

"Those who scoffed at the notion that a youthful president neither had the experience nor the capacity to deliver have repeatedly been made to eat humble pie as a generation of youthful presidents and prime ministers now dot the global landscape in France, UK, Italy, Chile and so on.

"I regard our slowness to grasp the wind of generational change in leadership now blowing across the world as a conservatism that will do us more harm than good as the youths are more adequately configured to lead in a world more digitalised than analogued.

"So, Faye's emergence is a wake-up call. Countries around the world are beginning to realise that the future belongs to the youth and are putting systems in place to encourage them to be more involved. 

"But for the signing into law of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill by former president, Muhammadu Buhari a few years before he left office, I don't think I, and a few other young Nigerians would have had the opportunity to contest for public offices in the last General Elections.

"I am in no doubt that the coming of Faye will open more doors for a new generation of young leaders to burst on to the scene in the coming years," he added.



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