“Send Old Generation Out Of Power” – Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo Urges African Youths

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Olusegun Obasanjo, an ex-president has African youths come together and use their electoral power to pursue the older generation from all leadership positions.

Speaking at an interactive session held virtually mark this year’s International Youth Day on Wednesday, August 12, the former President said unless old people are forced out of the stage, they will continue to occupy the leadership positions which is a disservice to the youths in Africa.

“Unless you squeeze out those who are in office and those who want 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 subscribe to the constitution of in favour of youths or if you like you call it affirmative action in favour of youths.

For instance, if you say, in the constitution of a 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 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.” he said.