How to take over power from old leaders, Obasanjo tells Nigerian youths

How to take over power from old leaders, Obasanjo tells Nigerian youths

- Olusegun Obasanjo has apologised to the Nigerian youths

- The former president said his generation has done "a lot of wrongs" for the country

- Obasanjo further tasked Nigerian youths to be united in order to wrestle power from the "old hags"

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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has challenged the Nigerian youths to change the fortunes of the country by taking over leadership.

Speaking on Sunday, January 31, during a virtual interview, the former president apologised to the youths, saying his generation has done "a lot of wrongs" in Nigeria.

Obasanjo tasked the youths to wrestle power and make it uncomfortable for the breed of fortunate "old hags" ruling the country, The Punch reports.

How to take over power from old leaders, Obasanjo tells Nigerian youths
Obasanjo tells Nigerian youths to take power from the old hags. Credit: John Laseni
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While charging young Nigerians not to "just sit down and complain", the former president who served two terms between 1999 and 2007 under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the future of Nigeria depends on its youths.

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Obasanjo also said the "old hags" ruling Nigeria will not go away unless there is a powerful revolution that will "make them go out of the way."

The former president also said the worsening insecurity in the country was discouraging investors from coming into Nigeria.

“Don’t just sit down and complain. Sitting down and complaining will make you be on the same level and you have to get what I called critical mass of likeminded people who will be ready to say let us bring about the change.
"When people say when will these old hags go out of the way? I tell them they won’t go out of the way, you have to make them go out of the way. They won’t voluntarily go out of the way, you have to make it uncomfortable for them."

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Meanwhile, a former Osun state governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has disclosed why Obasanjo supported current President Muhammadu Buhari over then-incumbent in 2015, Goodluck Jonathan.

In an interview with The Punch which was published on Saturday, January 30, Oyinlola said Obasanjo made this move because he had fallen out totally with the Jonathan administration.

Oyinlola, a former military administrator of Lagos state, however, noted that Obasanjo did not welcome President Buhari with open arms either.


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