The continent of Africa is ranked among the developing world and a major factor influencing this is the quality of leaders who are piloting affairs of African States. Development can be largely achieved with effective leadership and representation. Many Heads of State are senior citizens who ought to be by the sidelines giving counsel to the young leaders. Some of them have been the only leader the citizens have ever had and this has a way of affecting their general idea of leadership.
Below is a list of some aged Heads of State in Africa:
1. Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe (Age: 92 years old)
2. Beji Caid Essebsi – Tunisia (Age: 89 years)
3. Paul Biya – Cameroun (Age: 83 years)
4. Abdelaziz Bouteflika – Algeria (Age: 79 years)
5. Manuel Pinto da Costa – São Tomé and Príncipe (Age: 79 years)
6. Alpha Condé – Guinea (Age: 78 years)
7. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Liberia (Age: 77 years)
8. Peter Mutharika – Malawi (Age: 75 years)
9. Jacob Zuma – South Africa (Age: 74 years)
10. Alassane Ouattara – Ivory Coast (Age: 74 years)
11. Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria (Age: 73 years)
We wish to plead with our African leaders to please give the #YouthAChance to take the rein. Involving them early enough would guarantee rapid development and a sustainable future.