Ex-President Obasanjo urges youths to ‘squeeze out’ old generation from office
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has advised African youths to actively participate in politics so as to dislodge older generations from leadership positions.
During a virtual interactive session held to celebrate International Youth Day, Chief Obasanjo noted that unless the older generations are forced out of politics, they will continue to occupy leadership positions.
The programme which was organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, had in attendance, participants from Nigeria, Mali, USA, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
“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, Obasanjo said per Punch.
“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. 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.”