Candidates with questionable character should not be voted in 2023 – CNY.
Concerned Northern Youths and the Coalition for National Agenda, a political interest group, have advocated for mandatory drug testing and medical and psychological evaluations for all presidential and gubernatorial candidates. While speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Suleiman Tambay, coordinator of the Concerned Northern Youths, and Nnamdi Iroegbu, coordinator of the Coalition for National Agenda, urged all Nigeria, not just the north, should act to prevent the 2023 elections from being won by any candidate who cannot explain where his money comes from or who has a questionable character.
According to Tambay, who read the coalition’s statement, they intend to take this campaign seriously and will work to pass a law requiring all political candidates in Nigeria to be subject to drug and medical testing before they can be elected to office. He added that things have changed in the political landscape since the days of the previous drama when candidates would taunt the poor and disrespect the Nigerian people’s intelligence by drinking sachet water and milk, frying Kose on the side of the road, and lapping kids with a runny nose during campaign rallies.
Nigeria should raise the bar higher to sanitize the polity.
Nowadays, the strategy for the campaign is currently shifting to include issue-based debates, town hall meetings, comparisons of manifestos, and stakeholder discussions. Obviously, this is a positive development. In order to sanitize the polity, ensure that only appropriate and fit persons take up political offices, and enthrone equity and justice, he asserted, it is necessary to set a much higher bar by requiring all presidential and gubernatorial aspirants to take drug tests and undertake medical and psychological assessment tests to determine their preparedness for the virtuous and hectic task of good governance.
He further said that no candidate who had cases of ongoing drug issues or who was laden with corruption allegations should even be considered for the position of president of Nigeria. Those who are running for office and unable to explain their wealth raise serious character concerns. Because hunger and insecurity do not respect boundaries of race, ethnicity, or religion, he urged the people of the north to seize control of their future by electing leaders in the image of Sir Ahmadu Bello, Maitama Sule, Shehu and Umar Musa Yar’Adua, Aminu Kano, and Tafawa Balewa.
Nigeria’s northern region has been ravaged by poverty and inequality.
Tambay expressed concerns that the once peaceful and homey northern region is already being torn apart by kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism because of the helplessness and hopelessness caused by poverty and inequality. This made many people in the region become drug addicts. The security situation in Nigeria is getting worse, regardless of government efforts to improve it. Despite the northwest being poorer, worse governed in certain parts, and having lower levels of human development than the northeast, the unprecedented spike in violent attacks is breaking the consistent narrative.
According to him, there are more than 20 million children in the north who are not enrolled in school, and the vast majority of the 133 million people in Nigeria fall under the category of multidimensional poverty according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) are of Northern region. Again, the current problem of over five million young people struggling with drug addiction and another ten million people struggling with unemployment in the north call for attention. To put a stop to this disheartening trend, a bold stance is needed.
The country should retake its place as the giant of Africa – Tambay.
Lastly, he affirmed that Nigeria has to reclaim its position as the giant of Africa and provide a Nigeria that is functional for all of its citizens. It’s not that history repeats itself, but rather that people keep making the same mistakes that lead to the same results. They call on all Concerned Nigerian Youths around the country to be patriotic and to make sure that they do not put the future of the country in jeopardy by voting for an accused drug lord or any candidate with dubious qualifications or wealth.
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Nigeria political terrainhas really taken a new dimension we can see more and more youths motivating themselves to come together and there has been more awareness using various medium for their campaign strategy.
I actually agree with this. Mental and drug test is very important for political aspirants. We also need to know the status of their health system. Drugs is really affecting Nigeria now, so we must ensure our leaders don’t promote it.
No candidate should even be given consideration for the job of president of Nigeria if they had persistent drug problems or were the subject of corruption allegations.
Drugs is really affecting Nigeria now, regardless of it causes, efforts to improve the situation be taken! Truthfully, Political aspirants must do Drug, Mental Test…it’s a must!
All candidates for president and governor should be subjected to drug testing and medical and psychological exams, as proposed by the political interest organization Coalition for National Agenda and the Concerned Northern Youths.
They need to take measures to ensure that no candidate who has raised money in mysterious ways or who has character issues is able to win in 2023.
They mean business with their campaign and plan to push for legislation that would mandate drug and medical testing for all Nigerian political candidates prior to their election.
When candidates used to mock the poor and mock the intelligence of the Nigerian people, things were very different politically.
Issue-based debates, public forums, evaluations of proposals, and stakeholder dialogues are going to be incorporated into the campaign plan, which is now in the process of being shifted.
In order to purify the political system, guarantee that only competent and qualified individuals run for political office, and establish a foundation for equity and justice
There should be absolutely no consideration given to a candidate for the presidency of Nigeria who is currently dealing with drug-related issues or who is mired in allegations of widespread corruption.
It is imperative for Nigeria to restore its status as the giant of Africa and create a Nigeria that is functioning for all of its population in order to achieve this goal. It’s not that the past keeps happening over and over again.
The continuous narrative that the Northwest is poorer, less well governed, and less developed than the Northeast is being disrupted by a sudden uptick in violent attacks.
That will be very good if the aspirants should, and must do Drug test. Even the candidate with health problems should not contest. Because the country is not feeling fine, for this reason we the citizens don’t want someone with health issues
Nigerian youths to exercise their civic duty and make sure that they do not jeopardize the country’s future by voting for an accused drug lord or any politician with questionable qualifications or money.
This is a very good idea we will be able to know the status of the aspirant some might be on drug they will just be disqualified because the leader can not be on drug and telling or find way for people not to be on drug. They must be as an example for the people
In the arena of politics anything is possible but it is left to us the people that will elect them into office to choice wisely.The power of youth against bad leadership can only be effective in the south. The brainwashing using religion and tribalism is more pronounce in the north. I don’t think the northern youth will actually go for competency.
All political aspirant should be subjected to drugs and mental test because when they are in dear need of the position they are contesting for, they pretend to be normal but after getting into that position you begin to see their drugs and mentally imbalance character. Please, all youth should vote the right person into power.
It is very desirable that hopefuls be required to submit to a drug test. Any candidate who is ill should not run. We need someone who is fit and energetic that will be able to restore the glory of our land.
I really like this idea of anybody going for any political post should go for drugs and mental test because the way politicians behave in Nigeria is very bad and it really cause for concern and something must be done to curb the excesses .