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ANALYSIS: Kano has the oldest governor, ministers



Kano old leaders

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Kano state has set a new record in Nigerian political history as it parades the oldest ministers and oldest governor in the country.

KANO TODAY reports that Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was born on Christmas day 1949 is the oldest governor in Nigeria.

An analysis of the official citations of the ministers inaugurated on Wednesday shows that in a cabinet dominated by senior citizens,  Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magashi, 74, is the oldest minister in the federation.

“Born January 15, 1945, he holds a Law Degree from A.B.U in 1980. “He started his military career as a Second Lieutenant in 1968.

“He was Commander Guards Brigade and former Military Administrator, Sokoto State.

“After his retirement as a Major General in 1999, he became a politician and contested for the gubernatorial seat in Kano State in 2007.” According to his official citation at the inauguration.

The other minister from Kano, Sabo Nanono who heads the Agriculture and Rural Development ministry is the second oldest at 73.

“Born April 11, 1946, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Ahmadu Bello University and University of Winsconsin USA. “He started work at the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1969 and was at various times a lecturer at ABU, Managing Director of Kano State Investment and Properties Limited.

“He retired into full-scale farming after being General Manager at African International Bank between 1991 and 2000.” According to his citation. .

President is aware

In a remark in Zaria on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he appointed the two ministers in acknowledgement of the massive votes he receives from Kano.

He also acknowledged that most young Nigerians have been deprived of opportunities for self-improvement.

“The population growth here is so big and the 20 and below are the majority.

“And they don’t seem to care how you make it, but they want the leadership to provide jobs, to provide security and all other things that are expected of government.

“A lot of them have not got the opportunity for further education, so let us study the constitution and see the responsibilities of three tiers of government.” He said.

He undertook to make sure that the new cabinet is working for the good of Nigeria and Nigerians.

Youths are ready to take over

Reacting to the ministerial appointments, a Kano based youth leader, Abubakar Muhammad (General) said the youth are short-changed.

Mr Muhammad, is the deputy president, National Youths Council of Nigeria said the older persons should give way to the youth.

“It is not a good father who will not allow his son to succeed him until after his death.” He said.

The youth leader said in the 21st century when youths are leading advanced countries Nigerian leaders should step aside and use their experience to advise the youth.

He denied that Nigerian youths are not ready to pilot the affairs of the country.

“Nigerian youths are educated and willing to work but are being sabotaged by the older generation.

“Remember when a number of youths die in stampedes while applying for employment in the federal civil service.” He added.

Mr Muhammad therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to make sure that youths get the lion share of their subsequent appointments.