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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stop Using Nigerian youths as thugs, use your own children - Obasanjo warns APC, politicians

Stop Using Nigerian youths as thugs, use your own children - Obasanjo warns APC, politicians

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has taken a swipe at politicians who
use other people’s children as thugs while shielding theirs from

The denunciation came amid concerns that parts of the nation may experience violence during the 2019 general elections.

Obasanjo made the condemnation yesterday while delivering a paper at
the Inauguration of King’s College London Global Leaders Engagement
Series in London.

 He added: “The young people must remember that the future is influenced
by the present and the past. The present is a legacy of the past, handed
over by the other generation. This legacy is a product of hard work,
successes, failures and experience. It must be preserved. The youth must
understand that today’s leaders are tomorrow’s seniors and the record
of their leadership will also become a legacy to another generation.”

Speaking on ‘Demystifying Leadership Capacity Deficit of African
Youths: Our Future is in their Hands’, he declared: “Enough of using
other people’s children as experimental subjects and keeping ours in
safe havens; enough of using other people’s 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 noted that African youths must put their acts together and vie for
political offices, despite obstacles such as expensive nomination forms
and huge cost of political campaigns.

According to him, hope is not lost as he foresees a continent where
the “creative energies, intellectual prowess and ingenuity of the youth
are capable of leading Africa to the Promised Land.”

Succession planning is a culture
that Africa needs to imbibe. It increases the number of people who are
capable and available to assume leadership roles when the incumbent is
no longer available to do so. This is a deliberate process Obasanjo says.

“We cannot continue to assume that by mere observation from afar,
young people understand why we do what we do. We must introduce them to
our networks and partners; set them up to represent us in important
meetings while we can still guide and nurture them. An organisation
should not go kaput because one person is no longer available to lead.

“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?”
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