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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo Calls On The Youth To Force Old Leaders Out Of Government



Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has charged on African youths to get rid of old leaders from government positions.

Delivering a keynote address at a virtual interactive session to mark this year’s International Youth Day, the former leader of the country charged the youth to get involved in active politics.

According to Obasanjo, old people are supposed to be forced out of the political space because the old leaders will not willingly give up on power. “Unless you squeeze out those who are in office and those who want to remain in office perpetually, some after the age of 80, unless you squeeze them out, they will not want to be out.”

He noted that, the youth should join political parties that are making conscious efforts to empower them. “The type of change I am talking about, that I believe we can all embark upon is to subscribe to the constitution of political parties in favour of youths. Or if you like it you call it affirmative action in favour of youths.”

He concluded by giving a clue to the youth on how to identify the political parties with the best plan for the youth.

He added: “For instance, if you say, in the constitution of a political party, not less than 50 per cent of those who hold executive office within the party will be less than 40 years. “You can even go beyond that and say that people who will be put up for election, not less than 50 per cent of them will be less than 40 years of age. That’s affirmative action. That’s positive discrimination in favour of youths.”

Source: AfricaCelebrities.Com