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August, 16

Refuse To Be Called Tomorrow’s Leaders, Obasanjo Urges Youths

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo urged Nigerian youths to assume leadership roles and refuse to be addressed as tomorrow’s leaders.

On Saturday, Mr. Obasanjo gave a radio interview on Eagles7 Sports, 103.7 FM, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

If the younger generation doesn’t stand up and take control of their destiny, he claimed, “some corrupt leaders” will obliterate the “so-called tomorrow.”

“My advice for Nigerian youths is that never let anybody tell you that you are the leaders of tomorrow. If you wait for tomorrow before you take over leadership, that tomorrow may not come. They will destroy it,” he said.

“This is the time, youths get up and make it happen.”

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Except for farming, Mr. Obasanjo claimed that everything he had accomplished in life—from 1999 to 2007—had come about by accident.

The show anchor’s description of the former president’s engagement in farming as a “romance” infuriated him.

“I don’t like the word you used, ‘romance with farming’. I am a farmer. What do you mean by romance?

“Everything I have done in my life is by accident. The only thing that is not accidental is farming. Every other thing that I have been is by accident. And you called that romance? No! What do you mean by romance?”

According to Mr. Obasanjo, nations that are currently experiencing economic success have made investments in agriculture.

“First, for the purpose of food security; second, for the purpose of processing what they get from their farms, which is the beginning of industrialisation. Third, to give it out as an export, which is for the purpose of foreign exchange; and fourth, as a means of generating employment for the youth.”

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo urged Nigerian youths to assume leadership roles and refuse to be addressed as tomorrow’s leaders.

On Saturday, Mr. Obasanjo gave a radio interview on Eagles7 Sports, 103.7 FM, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

If the younger generation doesn’t stand up and take control of their destiny, he claimed, “some corrupt leaders” will obliterate the “so-called tomorrow.”

“My advice for Nigerian youths is that never let anybody tell you that you are the leaders of tomorrow. If you wait for tomorrow before you take over leadership, that tomorrow may not come. They will destroy it,” he said.

“This is the time, youths get up and make it happen.”

READ MORE: Organ Harvesting: Doctor Indicted Of Conniving With Ekweremadu

Except for farming, Mr. Obasanjo claimed that everything he had accomplished in life—from 1999 to 2007—had come about by accident.

The show anchor’s description of the former president’s engagement in farming as a “romance” infuriated him.

“I don’t like the word you used, ‘romance with farming’. I am a farmer. What do you mean by romance?

“Everything I have done in my life is by accident. The only thing that is not accidental is farming. Every other thing that I have been is by accident. And you called that romance? No! What do you mean by romance?”

According to Mr. Obasanjo, nations that are currently experiencing economic success have made investments in agriculture.

“First, for the purpose of food security; second, for the purpose of processing what they get from their farms, which is the beginning of industrialisation. Third, to give it out as an export, which is for the purpose of foreign exchange; and fourth, as a means of generating employment for the youth.”

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