The average life expectancy for Nigerian men, according to the World Health Organization, is 54.7 years, yet many Nigerians call a 41-year-old senator a “youth” and attribute his thuggish idiocy to his age.
Some even go so far as to say that his behavior represents a diminution of the arguments for the “Not Too Young To Run” initiative.
For starters, a 41-year-old person is NO “youth” by any definition of the term anywhere in the world. The UN defines youth as people between the ages of 15 and 24. In Nigeria, “youth” officially refers to people between the ages of 18 and 35. Second, Senator Abbo didn’t need the “Not Too Young to Run” law be to be a senator.
The original minimum age requirement to be a senator was 35. He is 41. That means he would have been qualified to run for the senate—and even for the presidency since the minimum age to be president was 40—even if the bill hadn’t been passed into law.
Third, most past Nigerian military dictators ruled Nigeria in their 30s. Why are we making it seem like it’s an undeserved favor to allow young people to rule? Abbo is a violent bully; his age is immaterial to this fact.