In our new col­umn ti­tled ‘The Nige­rian Youth and The Other Truth’, by Akin­nawo Oluwayemi, the writer quoted Wole Soyinka and I quote: “Awolowo was 37yrs, Ak­in­tola 36yrs, Ah­madu Bello 36yrs, Tafawa Balewa 34yrs, Okotie-Enoch 27yrs and An­thony Ena­horo 27yrs and they led the strug­gle for Nige­rian In­de­pen­dence af­ter the death of Her­bert Macaulay. Only Zik Nnamdi Azikwe was 42 at the time”. Soyinka goes on to say; “Why is it that al­most all this age bracket to­day is sleep­ing in 3-seater chairs in their par­ent’s homes...still col­lect­ing money from their par­ents... still seek­ing for jobs and not yet mar­ried.” So what does this say about the state of the coun­try to­day com­pared to yester-years? Why have we di­gressed so much that the boys of to­day are the same age as the men of yes­ter­day? We can­not just sit back and ‘take each day as it comes’. The time has come for all, no mat­ter what class or creed to go out and make a dif­fer­ence. It makes my heart bleed when l tell my niece about the cost of things when l was her age com­pared to the cost of these same things now at her age. Take the cost of even tick­ets abroad? I was in my 20s when for­eign tick­ets (econ­omy) went for as lit­tle as N1,000! Now l hear this same ticket goes for noth­ing less than N800,000! Over 800% in­crease in just three decades. This is just one as­pect of the many ex­am­ples of the mad­den­ing in­fla­tion to­day. Rome as they say, was not built in a day, and re­build­ing is a very te­dious and dif­fi­cult jour­ney to take, but re­build­ing we must! Our morals, our dashed hopes, our de­spair should be ad­dressed ur­gently as we seek some­one who can com­mence the jour­ney to re­gain­ing our lost glory. A step like go­ing to vote re­gard­less of the heat or queue, is a small price to pay for play­ing a role in deter­min­ing the out­come of our forth­com­ing elec­tions be­cause we need a leader to see us through this dark tun­nel and lead us to the light. It is for this rea­son we are fea­tur­ing the Pres­i­den­tial Chal­lengers of 2019 for the cov­eted seat of Pres­i­dent of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria. This is to give our read­ers the op­por­tu­nity to see these can­di­dates up­front and per­sonal. Don­ald Duke is our third con­tender so far, with hope­fully more to come.

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