Squeeze Older Men Out of Politics – Obasanjo Urges Youths

In a Keynote address delivered by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday in this year’s International Youth Day, he urged the youths to force the older people out of the political stage or they will keep occupying the space to the detriment of the youths.

Remember that 12th August, 2020 was the international youth day which held virtually due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The programme was organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Participants were drawn from Nigeria, Mali, USA, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

“Unless you squeeze out those who are in the 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.

“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 percent of those who hold executive office within the party will be less than 40 years,” The Punch quoted Obasanjo to have said.

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