A Nigerian pastor and the General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, CGCC, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has reportedly said some Nigerian youths are responsible for the country’s current situation.
The Clergyman said this at The Conversation Africa Series organized by the Legacy Youth Fellowship in Lagos
The popular pastor said some Nigerian youths in their 20s and 30s who once trusted with power messed up the country’s system.
Bakare while speaking at the first edition of The Conversation Africa Series noted that the older generations of leaders are not the problem of the country but youths who were once entrusted with power.
He urged the new generation of Nigerian youths to pay more attention to ensuring that the dream of Nigeria’s founding fathers becomes a reality.
In his words:
“Young Nigerians are asking why a country so rich wears the inglorious badge of the poverty capital of the world. Consequently, we have seen determined young Nigerians fired up and ready to take their country back from the so-called gerontocrats.
Bakare reiterated that Nigeria’s current youths need to be hinted that back on May 24, 1966, a 31 years old Head of State pulled down the foundation of federalism and made the nation a unitary system.
He also revealed that some young and zealous army generals in their 30’s overthrew the government in the mid-1970s in their bid to rebuild the system but ended up making it even worse among other incidences.
The Clergyman clarified his reasons for saying the Nigerian youths are the cause for the country’s current woes, asking the Young Nigeria patriots to check from his brief recourse to history that Nigeria was dragged into its present state, not necessarily by gerontocrats, but mostly by young Nigerians
Both those had actively involved in governance from their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, and some of whom are still relevant till today. That is why he said that “youth, in a sense, brought us here.”