73-year-old Former Plateau state governor now Senator, Jonah Jang, who was a guest on a radio programme on Jay 101.9FM on Jos yesterday February 3rd, had an ‘advice’ for young people.
According to Jonah Jang who was asked if he plans to retire from politics as he’s now above 70, young people who have no political pedigree and experience. According to him, young politicians will do well in House of Representatives and not in the red chamber.
“Senate is the place for elders. The house of reps (representatives) is for young people. So, senate in any country is not meant for young people.However since the statement came off, the former governor has been slammed by some Nigerians on social media.
“Don’t have any heart attack. In Hausa they call it ‘Majalisan Dattijei.’ Dattijei means elders, The assembly of elders. The elders are supposed to be in the senate.”
The immediate past governor of Plateau state was also quoted to have said “I enjoy what is happening in the house of reps.”
He added that they (the representatives) are “bubbling with youthful exuberance and when they bring things, then we look at it as elders.
“But all the same, we have some few young people in the senate who are learning very fast.
“We are not saying that it (the senate) is closed to young people altogether. There are certain people that come as stars, you can’t rule out that. We have seen Macron in France.”
Recall that The Economic and Financial Crime Commission recently grilled the immediate past governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, over alleged fraud while he was in office.
Mr. Jang served two terms as governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic party and is now the senator for Plateau North district. His senior legislative aide, Olivia Dzyam, in a statement confirmed that the anti-graft agency invited Mr. Jang but insisted that he was not arrested or detained.