– Chief Olusegun Obasanjo decried the use of youths as political thugs
– The former president said youths must be treated well in the country
– He expressed confidence the future of Africa
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has called on politicians to stop using youths as political thugs.
Vanguard reports that Obasanjo was quoted as making this statement in London at the Inauguration Edition of King’s College London Global Leaders Engagement Series.
In a paper titled: ‘Demystifying Leadership Capacity Deficit of African Youths: Our Future is in their Hands”, the former president said it was high time politicians stopped misusing the youths.
He said: “Enough of using other peoples’ children as experimental subjects and keeping ours in safe havens. Enough of using other peoples’ children as political thugs and ballot box snuffers, while we send ours to Ivy League schools.
“Enough of thinking we know what is right for young people without their input or the courtesy of asking for their opinions.”
He said: “If constitutional changes are required, let us begin now. If policies and political party structures have to change, let us begin now. Of what use is a law that allows young people contest for a particular office only to be confronted with the hurdle of outrageously exorbitant cost of party nomination forms and campaign costs?
“I see hope in that the future of Africa is in the hands of its youth. I see hope of a continent where the creative energies, intellectual prowess and ingenuity of our youth is capable to lead us to our promised land. I see hope in the courage of our youth to hold government accountable and their resistance to tyranny and despotism.”
Meanwhile, ormer president Goodluck Jonathan has announced the launching of his new book, titled My Transition Hours, with President Muhammadu Buhari as special guest of honor.
We gathered that the book will be launched on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, with ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo as chairman of the occasion.
Recall that Jonathan conceded defeat to President Buhari before the results of the 2015 general elections were declared.
The former president took to his twitter handle to make the announcement of the book launch on Tuesday, November 13.