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Published February 2, 2021
An activist, Deji Adeyanju , has urged young Nigerians to mobilise themselves to take over positions of power in 2023 .
He said this during a live interview with PUNCH Online on Monday .
According to the Co – covener of Concerned Nigerians , Nigeria will not develop without the active participation of youths in politics .
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He warned against the major political parties in the country , noting that the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress , Bola Tinubu , are not good presidential candidates .
Adeyanju said, “ There are no messiahs anywhere, Nigeria should stop looking for a messiah . At this stage , we should not be talking about the generations of Atiku , Buhari, Tinubu .
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“ Atiku and Tinubu are not good presidential candidates. They are not. And if they will be sincere to themselves , they know this .
“ Citizens must come together to say that we have had enough of these guys . Things must be done differently . People should register aggressively ahead of the 2023 election .”
When asked about older persons becoming the Presidents of the United States , he said , “ America is working . You cannot bring the concept of America into Nigeria. Look at Joe Biden – this is someone who has dedicated his life to service . You cannot bring the American dynamics to Nigeria. America is a working system . It is a country where they have strong institutions .
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“ Here in Nigeria, the president is more powerful than the court , constitution . Juxtaposing the two societies will not be fair . ”
He cautioned young Nigerians against being adamant to contest the presidency .
“ We ( young people ) cannot do it by saying that we want to be president . We can start with having 30 young people in the National Assembly who are ready to make a difference,” he added .