Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has warned that Nigeria, because of its population, can pose a bigger problem to the United Kingdom than Afghanistan, in case of a political stability.
Saraki, former Kwara State governor, also told youths nursing the ambition to run in the 2023 presidential election to shelve the idea.
Speaking at an event in Abuja, he added that he would not even want any youth with a sound mind to contest for political offices at this point because they still possessed some good values which would be corrupted before they win any election.
He said, “You have to give up some good values that you have to be able to be competitive,” the former Kwara State Governor said at the weekend during an Independence lunch with diverse Nigerian youths in Abuja.
“It is too late to win election. I will be very honest with you. The System is too rigid against you. You are a young guy, you don’t have money or network where are you going to start from?
“I don’t even want you to [contest] because you still have some good values. I don’t want you to be corrupted because for you to win you have to give up some good values that you have to be able to be competitive.
“I think the target now should be how to mobilise a similar mind to hold their voters card and vote. If that is the kind of voters, then the result will hold. I promise, if those are not the kind of voters, then everyone will try to manipulate the result.
“Until those of you that matter take it upon yourself and ask what kind of Governor, president, Senator you want, nothing can change.
“When you get the right kind of Governor and he knows you have the power to vote him out, you will have the chance to come into government because you would have built a pact.
“The point now is, politician don’t believe you can vote them out. If they believe you can vote them out, they will do the right things. Their own view is 9 months to election they will share the money and win election. If they know the vote is not about sharing money they will perform well.
“End SARS did not fail, it showed that the youth can participate and the best form of participation is through voting. I think the world is tired of the problem and dangers Nigeria could create. There are six million Nigerians that have the right to be in the UK.
“If Afghanistan was a problem then Nigeria is a bigger problem for the UK. Even for self-interest, it is in the best interest for UK to work because of the exodus that will go into those places if it doesn’t.
“The world is with us but we must put in place good governance and the right kind of voters that can do that are people like yourself. Not those who want N5000. If the guy that wants N5000 is more than you, then Nigeria is not going to change and we won’t have the right kind of leaders.”