Nigeria was ruined by its youth, Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) pastor Tunde Bakare has said.
Bakare said these youth once trusted with power messed up the system in Nigeria.
Bakare spoke at the maiden edition of The Conversation Africa Series organized by the Legacy Youth Fellowship in Lagos.
The clergyman charged the present crop of Nigerian youth to be determined and focus in ensuring that the dream of Nigeria’s founding fathers becomes a reality.
“Young Nigerians are asking why a country so rich wears the inglorious badge of the poverty capital of the world,” Bakare said.
“Consequently, we have seen determined young Nigerians fired up and ready to take their country back from the so-called gerontocrats.
“Our current youth need to be reminded that on May 24, 1966, a 31-year-old head of state destroyed the foundation of federalism and made Nigeria a unitary system and also in mid-1970s some young and zealous army generals in their 30s overthrew the government in their bid to sanitize the system but ended up destroying it among other incident.
“Young Nigerian patriots, you can see from this brief recourse to history that Nigeria was brought to its current state, not necessarily by gerontocrats but by mostly young Nigerians, some of whom had been actively involved in governance from their 20s, 30s and 40s, and some of whom are relevant even now.
“It is why I say that youth, in a sense, brought us here.”
A gerontocracy is a form of oligarchical rule in which an entity is ruled by leaders who are significantly older than most of the adult population. These leaders are called gerontocrats.