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There has been an increasing number of young Nigerian citizens, who are interested in running for the position of the presidency. This news is not so shocking, not with the increasing dejection that has swept the whole nation, accompanying the presumed failure of the current administration in delivering their electoral promises. This desire has further been fueled by the #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign made popular last year. A lot of Nigerians have indicated interest in running for this all-important position.

Here is the list of young presidential aspirants as compiled by Business Day.

Adamu Garba 11:

Founder and CEO of IPI Solutions Limited, the presidential hopeful have begun his political journey, as he believes that age should not be a barrier to leadership, rather,  leadership should be about the successful application of wisdom.  In an interview chart with This Day Live, the 35-year-old declares that he has an excellent manifesto on how there can be an improvement of the life of the ordinary Nigerians, through a deliberate and committed effort to move from poverty. One that would unleash impossible innovations, produce successful talent pool, and change the entire education system.

Ahmed Buhari:

The CEO of Skylar Inc, a Lagos based ICT company, has declared his political intention to run for the presidency. This comes after his realization of the fact that young Nigerians should be interested in the political environment, as he believes that every political decision determines the people and national progress. His manifesto would include; pioneering the agricultural sections and the ICT sections, with the hope of promoting national unity.

Fela Durotoye:

A Lagos state motivation speaker and leadership coach, Fela Durotoye have begun his political race for the presidency.  He believes that Nigeria runs a “Selectocracy” system of government and not the democracy. On his twitter, he admonishes that “WE are RUNNING FOR A NEW NIGERIA and on this journey, EVERYONE wins regardless of the outcomes. Why … Because this race is not against anyone… This race is FOR EVERYONE.”

Chris Emejuru:

A founder and CEO of Liberty Approach & Allied Consults, the young man believes he can make a difference in the country.

Yul Edochie:

Popular actor, and son of veteran actor, Pete Edochie, Yul Edochie, gave a hint that he might be running for the presidency on his 36th birthday, celebrated on the 7th January 2018. He had previously run for the gubernatorial position in Anambra State, under the Democratic People’s Congress. He spoke via a video posted on Instagram “2018 is just unfolding, we pray for more blessings so let’s just keep our fingers crossed. Who knows, I may just decide to run for president for Nigeria this time, in 2019, and I will win”. We are all keeping our fingers crossed perhaps, heavens would smile at us and allow Nigeria to have a Macronic effect, this 2019.   Featured Image Credit:

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This article was first published on 17th January 2018


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

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  • i believe im the not too young to run, lets give the Nigerian youth room to contest in the upcoming election in 2019. we need a better Nigeria

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