Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on the federal government and political leaders to commence programmes that would empower Nigerian youths.
Daily Independent reports that the former president made the call on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, shortly after a 2km health walk to commemorate the “International Day of Youth” tagged: “Youth and Mental Health”, organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Youth Centre (OOPLYC).
Obasanjo reiterated the need for the training, empowerment as well as employment of the youths in the overall interest of the nation.
“People say that youths are the hope of the future, but it is more than that. Youths are the hope of the future. Youths are the stability of the future. In fact youths are the future itself. So when we talk about the youth, we talk about the future and the future of any nation or community which jokes with its future is doomed” he said.
The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain revealed that a youth centre that would enable youths converge and share productive ideas is currently under construction.
“One of the things I found lacking in this beautiful and historic city (Abeokuta) is that there is no place where youths can gather to relax, talk, debate and dialogue about the future either individually or collectively. So I am building the youth centre so that you can relax there and discuss important issues instead of engaging your strength and time in frivolity” Obasanjo said.
Oluṣẹgun Ọbasanjọ, GCFRis a former Nigerian Army general who became the country’s President from 1999 to 2007. He was a career soldier before serving twice as Nigeria’s head of state, first as a military ruler from February 13, 1976 to October 1, 1979, before he was later democratically elected president from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007.