It is an error for someone above 70 years to be in power – Dino Melaye | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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The Senator Representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye has stated that it is totally unacceptable for someone above 70 years to be in leadership position.


President Muhammadu Buhari is 74 years old.

Melaye noted that this was happening because the Nigerian youths had not really taken their stand.

According to him, 2019 should be the time for the youths to chase out those he labelled as “old cargoes” from power.

Addressing the youths, weekend, in Abuja at a dinner and lecture organised by the Nigerian Youths Parliament, the senator added that youths constituted over 60 percent of the electorates, which he said can be used by them to determine who emerges as leader in the country at whatever level.

Melaye said if the youths must weed out the old politicians successfully, it has become imperative for them to come out and participate fully in politics and take their rightful positions up to the leadership level.

He warned the youths to stop wasting their youthful energy on non- productive ventures, but instead, engage in productive ones such as politics, economics and social activities by harnessing their potentials effectively.

“You must picture the future you want to feature in. You need to develop your capacity.

“There is no way someone in his 70s can still be in a leadership position in the Nigerian polity if you the youths are effectively involved and in charge,” he told them.

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  1. Shut up your dirty smelling mouth. All we need is honest, clean man to lead us. We don't want looters, drug heads.

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  2. Donald Trump is 70 and has just been sworn in as the president of the world's most powerful country. So, Mr Dino Melaye, go and tell Americans that their president is too old. And, by the way, in case you belong to the Anti-Trump Brigade, Hilary Clinton is only a year younger and will be 70 this year too.

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  3. Dino is right you block heads.we need vibrant young men in power.

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  4. Hope say no be dis man de wish President Mohammadu buhari death

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  5. I'm quite sure the Senator realises dat Nigeria is not just a constituency in Kogi state

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  6. Trump is Over 70yrs of age and very educated,well expose to governance & has been a technocrat for decades ok

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  7. Shame on you all that are against Dino on what he said. He's telling you all the truth and I urge Nigeria youths to adhere to what he is saying. Nigeria need a vibrant and young leader. Not old cargoes who will keep traveling out of the country for medical treatment at the expense of tax payers money. Talking about Trump in America. How many times have you heard Trump traveled out of America or took days off for vacations? America has the best hospital for her citizens.compare to Nigeria with the huge budgets on health and billions allocated to State hospital in Aso Rock. They still could not treat Buhari of his ear troubles. If we don't have a rethink over what Dino has said. Then I cry for Nigeria and Nigeria youths especially. The youths are the ones suffering and paying the price unemployment, lack of social amenities, insecurity and lack of good health care facilities. While these old politicians and their children are flown abroad for medical check up and vacations. Leave sentiment, tribalism and religion out of these. Stand for the truth and speak from your innermost heart. I don gooo.

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  8. Mr senator, I don't think age is the issue here, but individual's inborn and acquired qualities of leadership. An honest and trusted candidate among other qualities are the key issues here. Please, do not plant seed of discord among these age groups.

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