Wrestle Power From Old Politicians, Obasanjo Urges Youths

Wrestle Power From Old Politicians, Obasanjo Urges Youths

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised the youths in the country to democratically snatch power from old politicians.

Obasanjo said since the old leaders are unwilling to relinquish power, it is time for the youth to wrest power from old hands.

He said this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital at the Youth Governance Dialogue organised to mark this year’s International Youth Day during the weekend.

He urged the youth to stop complaining and get involved in leadership and national decision-making.

I joined politics from the top. The only position I contested for in Nigeria is the Presidency, but I had track record of achievements which led to that.

Nobody will choose you, you have to choose yourself. Why should you have to become president at the age of 40? Why can’t you become president at the age of 35?

Why can’t you become president at the age of 30?

General Gowon became Head of State at 33. I became Head of State at 39. And it is because of my track record, and thanks to Abacha for putting me in jail.

Those were the reasons why I have opportunity to come back as elected President of Nigeria.

He urged the youth to engage in things that will bring about unity and integration in the country, instead of pursuing things that could divide the country.  

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