- Ex-President Obasanjo has advised African youth on how to take over leadership positions from the older generation
- The former president said leadership positions would not come to the youth until they “squeeze the older generation out of office”
- Obasanjo gave the advice during a virtual interactive session with youth to mark the 2020 International Youth Day
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Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed the way African youth can take over leadership position from older generations.
The former president said the older generation would continue to occupy the leadership positions until they were evicted from the stage.
Obasanjo maintained that leadership positions would not come to the youth until they “squeeze older generation out of office”.
The Nation reports that the former president made this known on Wednesday, August 12, during a virtual interactive session with youths to mark the 2020 International Youth Day.
Obasanjo also advised the youth to demand that affirmative action is encapsulated in the constitution of political parties, as part of strategies to ease out the old generation of leaders.
Legit.ng gathers that the programme was organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Participants of the meeting cut across Nigeria, Mali, United States, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
“Unless you squeeze out those who are in office and those who want to remain in office perpetually, some after the age of 80, they will not want to be out.
“The type of change I am talking about, that I believe we can all embark upon, is to subscribe into the constitution of political parties in favour of youth. Or if you like it, you call it affirmative action in favour of youths," he said.
The former president reiterated that no one will wrestle power for the youths if they don't do it themselves.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, has unleashed his displeasure over the administration of ex-President Obasanjo.
Fayose on Tuesday, August 11, said that if he becomes president, he will send Obasanjo back to prison for alleged financial corruption that characterised his government for eight years.
According to Fayose, the former president enriched himself with national funds while he was in power.
The former Ekiti governor also accused Obasanjo of making some hate speeches and that for this reason, he should be brought to book.
He categorically said: "I pray one day I will become president of this country by God’s grace. Obasanjo will go back to prison.
"I’m telling you the truth because there are so many things Obasanjo must be questioned about."
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