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Anger of youths will consume all of us if we keep ignoring them – Former President Obasanjo

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Yemi Osinbajo said that the nation might be consumed by angry youth if the government neglect the youth in the scheme of things.

According to Obasanjo, there is Boko Haram, MASSOB and IPOB, Niger Delta Militants and Oodua Peoples Congress and all are expression of anger.

“We have the Boko Haram in the North, the MASSOB and IPOB in the South-East, the militants in the Niger Delta and the Oodua Peoples Congress in the South-West. All of these are the expression of anger and frustrations,” he said.

The former president made this statement at the Youth Governance Dialogue which was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta the capital of Ogun State.

“We will not transform if we ignore the youths. If we have youths explosion or anger because of lack of opportunity, it will consume all of us. We are all witnesses to the activities of Boko Haram, MASSOB and IPOB.

“If we can give children a minimum of nine years basic education, we will improve. There is no reason any child born within this country cannot have free and compulsory nine years basic education.

“The youths need to believe in themselves. Part of our problem is that we fail to believe in ourselves. Don’t lose hope, don’t be frustrated. We have a wonderful country and resources.

“There is something good in you; try and discover what it is. Don’t listen to anyone telling you that you are good for nothing. No one is good for nothing.

“During my own days, there was one university to attend when I finished from secondary school and I got five appointment letters when I finished. Now you have about 152 universities to attend but do you get any letter of appointment when you are done?

“Japan does not have any resources yet it is one of the largest economies in the world. Nigeria is blessed with resources but we are still where we are.

“We need to identify where we got it wrong. We need to identify where we are doing it right and continue to do it right. There are a number of things we have done right but do we continue to do it right?

“I will continue to do this and even more. I am an incurable optimist about Nigeria and I believe we have a lot of problems that we can deal with. I believe in you and I believe you will do it better than my generation.”

Obasanjo further advised Nigerian youths not to be frustrated because there is still hope.

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“Don’t wish us dead; don’t wish us to disappear because you will need us. You need us to mentor and prepare you for the future. You need our experience and the assistance of some of us to guide you through life.

“You should not lose hope, you should not feel frustrated. Whenever I go abroad, they always ask me what my fear about Nigeria and Africa is, and I tell them my greatest fear is youth anger, frustrations and youth explosion which have no bound.

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