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When I become president, I will appoint young people as ministers, Saraki vows

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In what may be considered an affirmation of calls for more young people in public life, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has revealed that he will appoint experienced individuals below the age of 35 as ministers should he become Nigeria’s president come 2023.

Saraki, who is seeking to clinch the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the next general polls, made this known in a reaction to the gesture by a group of young supporters who raised N40 million for his Presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.

Taking to his verified Twitter page on Tuesday, the former Kwara State governor noted that his plan to constitute a cabinet dominated by young people reflects his belief that Nigerian youths can help fix the country.

“Last night, I was truly touched by the gesture of the young professionals convened by Abubakar Danmusa, who helped to raise the N40 million for my Presidential Expression of Interest Form and my Nomination Form,” the statement reads.

“These young people, who went out of their way to rally their friends, family, and coworkers, made contributions of N500,000 to N2 million to reach their desired goal.

“This symbolic gesture, a first of its kind in the history of our nation, is also a challenge to me. Now, I promise to work twice as hard as I originally intended. I promise to meet the yearning and aspirations of all our young people to run a modern government.

“As it stands, this is a clarion call. This is why I make this promise:

“When I become President on the 29th of May 2023, all the Ministers of State in my Cabinet will be experienced young people who are under the age of 35.

“We have our work cut out for us. But the battle to fix Nigeria has just started!”

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