Obasanjo Admonishes Youths Ahead of 2023 Polls

In preparation for Nigeria’s national elections in February 2023, former president Olusegun Obasanjo has urged young people in Africa to engage in politics actively.

Obasanjo stated this while speaking in Abeokuta. The Deputy Chief Coordinator of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Dr  Ayodele Aderinwale, represented him. Obasanjocautioned the youth not to elect leaders who he claimed would ruin their future.

According to the former president, such involvement would also provide a better future for the younger generation since it would prevent those ruining their future from succeeding.

The main challenge to successfully reducing the barrier, according to the former president of Nigeria, is “the attitudinal disposition and orientation of the young people.”

“I am challenging you as young Africans to engage in activities that would change the African narrative by participating fully in all the socio-economic and political activities that guarantee a better future for you and not allowing those messing up your future to succeed,” Obasanjo said.

“The young people should demand vociferously that our governments must enhance enabling entrepreneurial environment for young people is also a key to unleashing a culture of entrepreneurship among the youth. As this will have a broader impact in promoting sustainable development and addressing the barriers that specifically hinder young people like yourself from being economically empowered. Such empowerment will not only improve the individual life but also affect their community positively as they will serve as an agent of wealth creation.

“The villagisation of the globe has rendered geographical barriers largely irrelevant. The movement towards a knowledge economy has also meant that proper nuances eliminate barriers. In essence, economic opportunities have become transborder in nature and manifestation. There are enormous opportunities for private initiatives in the national and global economic space.”

The ex-president argues that if our youth are so desperate that they will agree to cross the desert in search of menial jobs in Europe, then they must have the spirit, strength, and energy to break down both physical and mental boundaries.

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