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'There is nothing wrong in making a 30 year old a Minister but..' GEJ

While answering questions at an interactive session marking Democracy Day at the International Conference center, President Jonathan said he has no reservations about appointing a youth as a Minister but said the elders must be around to guide the youth in carrying out the responsibilities of a Minister. He sid young people need the experiences of the elders to pilot the affairs of Nigeria.
"You talk about mentors. I'm not saying youths cannot do certain jobs. anybody from the age of 25 and above can do any job. I remember when Rivers state was created, I was a Rivers man before Bayelsa state was created. The first Rivers state Military Governor Diete Spiff was about 28years old when he was appointed the military Governor of Rivers state. Gowon when he became Head of State was about 33years old so my Governor and the Head of State were youths but they worked with elders because I remember the cabinet members of Rivers state then were very matured people working with Diete Spiff and that is why I remember one of our elders, Maitama Sule when he was speaking at the University of Port Harcourt, made the statement that young breed without the old breed will breed greed so you must mix. The best person to take care of a child may not be a child so you need somebody with some level of experience to mentor the youths. You cannot leave the teenagers there to get into the youth age before you mentor them. Start from them and the first person to mentor a young person is someone that has made some mistakes. Let us say a young lady, while in secondary school have affairs with a man and gets pregnant and had complications and couldn't graduate when her colleagues graduated. Along the line, she finds her path and goes back to the secondary school, completes her University. She can tell another young girl look this is my experience. Please don't go that way, see this is my experience. So a Minister of Youth development can be a very young person, anybody of 25years and above can manage that but the key thing is that in the cabinet we have only one youth. There is nothing wrong in making a 30-33 years a Minister of Petroleum or Finance if you are competent."

70 comments:

DOBY DOBY said...

Hes ryt nah.. nice talk my president. . Apart frm political appointment sm positions in a company ar nt given to d youth evn if dey give it u deir is sm1 much older wiv experience to supervise nd direct you

udeme anthony said...

Next pls

@edDREAMZ said...

WORDS, thats what we dont need just start appoints youths as ministers so we will be convince yu agree with what yu said, sir JONAH....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Anonymous said...

Wise talk----C21

Anonymous said...

#yawns! Bluff!
~D great anonymous!

wilheminna moses said...

Why would he or she need an elderly person? U mean elderly men that will be misleading him while on seat? Abeg pack well! Ijiro okwu......

Anonymous said...

So Linda what is wrong with his statement?mschew

Anonymous said...

What nonsense

Anonymous said...

Up to 200 girls are missing and you're here doing question and answer

Anonymous said...

GEJ,u will die and be born again, and die and be born again before u see my vote

Anonymous said...

U make me sad jonathan

Olaleye Adisa said...

Enough is enough hold heads has failed us big time. We need changes! ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥♡thanks ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥ 

fyne Dan said...

tnk u sir, if d young dnt mix up i wonder aw dey'l know. Bless u

ukwumaka theophilus said...

Ah. Linda Linda, now now u don get news. I watched and listened to the president while he was answering questions asked by the youths. You like your job sha. Nothing do you.

Anonymous said...

Gbam. Pls appoint more young pple ,let d octogenarians there go and rest.some of them wants to rule until they enter grave

Opelicious Morgann said...

Shey the same old fools that are killing our country ba?

Amarachukwu. said...

What we needs now are youths,enough of these old people.

Obilo Collins said...

President Goodluck Jonathan loves to divert question like Bullet, Boni Haruna is not a youth, President Jonathan should swap Boni Haruna with a younger person.

VIA TECNO B3

Anonymous said...

Then what are u waiting for??? Maku has over stayed kick him out..He stopped being useful a day after his appointment..*fashionista LeOnOrA*

Anonymous said...

Ok Goodluck Endurance Jonathan we don hear......................#King

Anonymous said...

Are u competent as our president with all d age n experience u carry 4 head

Debbie Chelsea said...

U said it all my President....

Anonymous said...

Are u competent as our president with all d age n experience u carry 4 head

Rita Usman said...

So youth no get brain abi Mr president we hear

Anonymous said...

Mr. President if that is our u feel 4 d youth it we be better, pls we need an immediate infect

Anonymous said...

With d kind of elders we have in government?????

Titus Owoeye said...

First time GEJ says something sensible in a many months. But for now Bring Back Our Girls Alive.......

Anonymous said...

He needs not ur vote 2 succeed. ok

APPLE said...

I don't think 30 is too young.

Anonymous said...

With d kind of elders we have in government????

Anonymous said...

Keep quiet if you don't have anything useful to contribute. You must comment on every post. You can't even handle a common local govt let alone being a minister. Kids like you that don't know what leadership is all about, keeps making noise without learning from elders."Na una type dey first una papa born baby boy" mchewww

Anonymous said...

Elderly thieves!

hilary obiorah said...

Hurry up and start electing and choosing youth cos we are tires of this plutocratic government.

Anonymous said...

Why will Naija move forward. See the big companies in the world...all run by young people. You all be there doing the same old same old. 100 years and you will be talking same crap

Aniekan Fabian said...

It is obvious those younger coup plotters filled with greed misled our country this much!! U are correct mr president!

Anonymous said...

Same people are fool

Anonymous said...

The 3rd chapter of Nigeria's problem came because a bunch of young military officers wanted power, they got it and weren't wise enough on balancing their vision with the multi-ethic entity in Nigeria.. Den some other young ones who are still alive started eating power in their 20s, you all know Gowon was their oldest...

They might have meant well, but they had not mastered their weaknesses... Greed for money, power and women... So dey brought this greed into government and instituted a regime where people only feed this greed

It took 27 years in prison, for Mandela to come out a fully refined man who now really understand the problems of SA and who had nothing to lose, so he did what he did.

I speak to many young Nigerians even the so called activists and I see passion, misdirected passion... Coming from not yet fully understanding our problem... Another set are just like those young leaders turned old, they only want to feed their greed

Anonymous said...

I second your yawn!!!

Anonymous said...

Life is good.....Gej wit diff tatics

Fred said...

All dis ADISA and BONARIO they comment almost all the post, do they work at all ? Meanwhile that's nice speech from Mr president..

Anonymous said...

Dats him @ it again

halimsy said...

We need youth u old people have eating a lot of government money let e younger also eat some now

Anonymous said...

u want him to go to Sambisa forest or wat???
mtscheeeeeeeew

Oj said...

You are very wrong Mr President. Nigerian govt should learn from others.....nonsense talk.

Anonymous said...

Hold heads??? Adisa, u need help!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yu n yo vote can go to hell! Ewu gambia!!!

Anonymous said...

Saddist!

winniekoko said...

GEJ don talk ooooo make una nor talk say he nor talk ooooo wen judgement go come GEJ don talk ooooo

Anonymous said...

Yu n yo vote can get lost in sambisa forest, abeg park well! Enemies of progress

Anonymous said...

Ehyaa!

Anonymous said...

And yo own head good reach hin own, na hin u still de wher u de! Monkey!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you.It doesn't av to be an elderly person supervising. All thatvis needed is competence.

Anonymous said...

All na wash. Campainging 4 d votes of d youths. After winning if I hear say any youth smell any seat.... Mtschewww

Shoutozone said...

I agree with him... But having the elders to guide the youths in power doesnt mean they'd b d one dictating his every action. Dats indirect godfatherism

Anonymous said...

...after now you will be yabbing Patience Jonathan. Mtchewwww.

Anonymous said...

All d critics of Jona here cant even write good english..just as Adisa always do.

Anonymous said...

You can be a wheel not only tyre..or tire

Anonymous said...

I totally disagree. I had a 33yr old boss while I worked with Julius Berger n he was the accountable manager and was a great boss. Presently with Mobil and we have tons of btw d ages of 30-40 keeping multinational running

Anonymous said...

Election thingssss. He will say anything at this point to get votes. Appoint youths first then come back and talk.

Anonymous said...

I third your yawn jaweh!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Pres Jonah,
I normally dont yab you but this talk sounds like Akpeteshi talk. You drink? Age is a correlate of experience but at the same time is not a cause of wisdom, insight or good manners. Getting old does not make one wiser and Nigerian politicians have proved this point over and over again. If you find someone who is 25 with dynamism and groundbreaking ideas, please let that person reign. Give them a ministerial position. E no bad. But dont start with looking for someone who is 25. Start with what shit dey gotta bring to the damn table. Uncle Jonah, call me oh! I am beginning to get upset with all these random hits on the image of rivers and bayelsa people.

Lagos Lawyer said...

He does not need any of OUR votes. Let us ALL not vote for him. Youths of Nigeria, arise please. Don't vote for people that don't need your votes

Anonymous said...

You lack the ability to comprehend simple sentences.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5.48pm, even after all the several deaths and reincarnations, he still won't get my vote.

Anonymous said...

This idea that age equals wisdom is both foolish and pedestrian. Jona seems to be full of stupid crap like this. Little wonder Nigeria is making no progress. If this guy were CEO of a quoted company, he would have lost his job ages ago.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I agree with you Mr. President but with some reservations. You mentioned that the youth has to be guided by an elderly person who has made mistake and would advise the youth from experience. What stopped the same elderly person from proving he/she has had some experience. The same mistake is been repeated by the elderly every other time. The old 'bufaro soldiers' have failed this country. Lets give the youth opportunity to show what they can do. When youth is a minister, the elderly person will guide him. Now, what stops you from making youths work with the elderly to also guide them in certain things as it is obvious that the interest of the youth and the elderly are divergent but 'the old men' make policies and implement on assumption that they know what the youths need. The youths must rise!!!

Anonymous said...

Eddrms, pls write in ur language and stp murdering English!

Deguzza said...

Seriously, I am not one of those that abuse the president for whatever he does but it is so painful that we have such a clueless man as president. His illustrations are always so childish and expected from a secondary school student. Nigeria needs a visionary revolutionist to turn things around not this current crop of chop I chop politicos. Nobody is asking you to put youths in your cabinet but for the sake of the future if we have a cabinet of deputy ministers that comprises of the youths to take over from the current ones, I dont think that is a bad idea. There has been generational baton exchange of corrupt minds and breeds in Nigeria and take it or leave it,the future of this country is terrifying. This is a country whereby arguably 50% of its men aged 18-40 are "yahoo yahoo" and its female has lost all sense of societal values and refined prostitution to a modern thing. I dont blame them(us);man must chop. If the government does not provide for our needs, if we provide for it in our own ways and terms, I dont think that is a bad idea. Pls Mr President, We the youths of this country are not asking you to put a 20yr Old Man?woman in your cabinet, address the problems in the country and lets move forward. GEJ and those before him had criticized the past govt when he was shoeless but he has also rendered millions of Nigerians shoeless.

Diva chilee said...

NICE TALK MY PRESIDO,REALLY APPRECIATE UR CONCERN ON YOUTH EMPOWEMENT.PLS AM INTERESTED TO BE ELECTED AS ONE AND WITH MY EXPERIENCE I KNOW I CAN DO BETTER BUT PLS I DONT NEED ANY DAMN F***ING ELDERLY SOUL TO GUIDE ME ON WHAT TO DO COS DURING THEIR TIME I WAS NOT THERE TO GUIDE OR DIRECT THEM ON WHAT TO DO. MADAM LINDA.....PLS SEND MY COMMENT TO MY PRESIDO. DALUU JOOR.

DIVA- CHILEE

MrBaQi said...

He is right BUT 1st of all. The elders that Are meant to mentor nd guide us are corrupt/bias/greedy nd they are all bout personal Interest. Most of these elders Taught us wen we was in school Primary/ secondary.( Later 80's nd early 90's) nd believe me they are nt practicing most of what they taught us like: Do not tell LIES, Do not CHEAT,be your BROTHERS KEEPER, Do not STEAL and so on but alas these are the behavious these so called mentors pocess. We the youths are not stupid nd after several years of HARDSHIP. Its tym for us to RUN things and All these oldies should take a chillpill. Their urge for power and richies hs led us to where we Are today so if truly we are the leaders of Tomorrow. Let tomorrow start NOW. Cz its a REVOLUTION.nd they aint even know it.

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