Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has listed what Nigeria should do to gain access to $ 12 trillion of
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged young people to mobilize and make it uncomfortable for old leaders to stay in government.
He affirmed this on Sunday during a virtual interview with the academic and historian Toyin Falola.
Obasanjo, who was president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 under the banner of the People’s Democratic Party, also apologized to young people, saying that his generation had made many mistakes in Nigeria, but that young people can change the fortunes of the country by assuming leadership. .
Many Nigerians have lamented the persistent recycling of leaders from post-independence Nigeria to date, as some leaders who ruled Nigeria during the military era have been in charge for the past 21 years since the country returned to democracy in 1999. .
Responding to a question from a young man during the teleconference, Obasanjo said: “You (young people) have everything going for you and I don’t want you to be discouraged. Things are going badly in Nigeria, but I think it’s for a short time because it’s up to you.
“Anything my generation has done wrong, and I’ll be the first to admit that my generation has done a lot of wrong, (but) it’s up to your generation to do better.
Don’t just sit back and complain. Sitting down and complaining will bring you on the same level and you will have to get what I called a critical mass of like-minded people who will be willing to say: let us make the change. You can achieve change if you get a critical mass of people who are willing to fight.
“When people say, when will these old witches turn away? I tell them they won’t stray from the path, you have to make them stray. They will not voluntarily stray from the path, you have to make it uncomfortable for them; I am not talking about violence, but about putting pressure to make it uncomfortable for them to get out of the way. “
The former president also said worsening insecurity in the country was discouraging investors from entering Nigeria.
He said: “When I talk to people in particular about development, they tell me that there is money available for all the development we want in Africa and particularly in Nigeria, but the condition must be right.
“Now who would put money in a situation of insecurity – Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping? Who would put money into it? And these investors are stubborn calculators. They will sit down and do the math and explain why they shouldn’t go in. We had opportunities but we wasted them ”.