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Is Smart Okafor ‘too young’ to govern Anambra? ~ by Cornel Osigwe


Answer: No, he is eminently qualified and has the leadership capability and sagacity to govern Anambra State.

Let’s not forget It was the youth that powered our Independence.

The first genuine Nationalist organization that was founded in Nigeria was The Nigerian Youth Movement and which was founded in 1934 by three progressive youths namely;  Prof Eyo Ita at 31yrs, Samuel Akinsaya at 36yrs and Ernest Ikoli at 41yrs.

The Nigerian Youth Movement later partnered with other upcoming Nationalist movement and formed the party known as Natioanal Council of Nigeria and Cameron NCNC and which then was powered by a Youth known as Nnamdi Azikiwe. It was the youth voice that gave us our Independence.

Interestingly too, the economy of our Nation after the Independence were powered by the Youth.

For example,  Dr Michael Okpara, the Premier of Eastern Nigerian was 39yrs old when he assumed the position in 1959.

By 1964, five years after Okpara’s ascendancy to the premiership – Eastern Nigeria, as recorded by a research group in Michigan State University in the US,  was the fastest growing and industrialising economy in the world – ahead of Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

The youthful Premier was fully in charge of the fastest growing and industrialising economy in the world- the Eastern Nigerian economy. That period was regarded as the golden age of Nigerian development.

The foundation laid by that youth premier of the Eastern Nigerian laid the solid foundation of the industrial and commerce prowess of the Eastern Nigerian, today now known as the Southeast/ South South Nigeria.

It was Kailash Satyarthi who said that “The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm, and courage of the young people.”

The fact is that if we are to solve the most pressing issues of our time, we need to tap into the dynamism of youth movements and young social entrepreneurs, for they have the potential to disrupt inertia and be the most creative forces for social change.

All over the world, most especially in the developed world, the society is tapping into the creative power of the youth. The youth are causing major disruptions in every facet of the economy.

In Africa, most especially in Nigeria, the youth has not been given adequate opportunity or platform to put in their creative powers to action. This may be the reason why we still take the back stage in development.

Today in Nigeria, we’re seriously lacking the creative power of the Youths not because the youth has not been given a chance but because the youth has failed to seize the chance.

The Youths has failed to utilize the powers within them to bring the much needed empowerment which will make them to be successful.

To my Nigerian youth, we are the change we have been waiting for; we’re the change we have been looking for; we’re the government we have been waiting for. The power is in our hands to make Nigeria great again. We did it before, we can do it again.

For Anambra 2021, let every progressive minded youth support the vision of Hon Nonso Smart Okafor. He’s has been tested and trusted and has the leadership capability and sagacity to make Anambra State Great.

He is never too young to run.

Join #TheWavesOfChange

Be A Part Of The #SMART-Governance.

It is an idea whose time has come.

Cornel Osigwe

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