The concept of youth in governance in Nigeria is not new, despite the fact that the agitations phrase the narrative as though it were a novel solution that had never been tried in the history of Nigeria. Nigeria has had at least three heads of state under the age of forty and a cursory look at other levels of governance show clearly that we have had a fair amount of young persons in leadership at different times.

The conversation ought to be around a critical examination of our past experiences with youth in leadership positions, with a view to understanding their successes and failures for better performance, rather than blind clamour for  youth in leadership.