Olusegun Obasanjo: ‘Revolution Coming…The Danger Ahead Is Real And Potent’

// Latest Addition | Olusegun Obasanjo: ‘Revolution Coming…The Danger Ahead Is Real And Potent’
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed fears that Nigeria will witness a revolution soon unless government takes urgent steps to check growing youth unemployment and poverty.

Speaking at the West African regional conference on youth employment in Dakar, Senegal at the weekend, Obasanjo said the danger posed by an army of unemployed youth in Nigeria can only be imagined.
 
“I’m afraid, and you know I am a General. When a General says he is afraid, that means the danger ahead is real and potent,” he said.

Obasanjo added that despite what he called the imminent threat to Nigeria’s nationhood “there is absence of serious, concrete, realistic, short and long term solution” to youth unemployment.

He made reference to the doctorate degree holders who applied for jobs as drivers at the Dangote Group, saying Nigerian youths have been patient enough and that this patience will soon reach its elastic limit.

According to the former president, youth unemployment rate which was 72 per cent in 1999 when he took over power had been reduced to 52 per cent by 2004 but that the rate rocketed to 71 per cent by 2011.

Obasanjo left office in 2007, succeeded by Umaru Yar’Adua who died in 2010, and President Jonathan has been in office since then.

The former president lamented that the unemployment situation had given rise to the prevalence of social crimes being perpetrated by three categories of youth whom he identified as area boys, Yahoo boys and, recently, Blackberry boys.

He told the diverse audience that in Nigeria people talk of growth without corresponding development, and that what is visible is increased poverty.

Obasanjo said national leaders must create incentives that will encourage entrepreneurs to flourish and that special attention should be given to agriculture business as against mere farming.

He reiterated the need for easy access to land and micro credit, while advocating for a review of school curriculum to enable undergraduates spend additional one year to learn entrepreneurship.

At the sub-regional level, Obasanjo called for a review of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) to accommodate issues of youth unemployment and job creation.

The conference, which was sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the African Development Bank, was attended by top bankers from across Africa including the Managing Director of Nigeria’s Bank of Industry, Ms. Evelyn Oputu.

Tagged : President Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Aliko Dangote, New Partnership for African Development

Headlines Newsview all

Biafra Groups Meet In Accra, Ghana

A four day All Biafra Conference kicked off Friday in Accra, Ghana. The first Biafran conference was convened by an independent and neutral international organization affiliated ...

Senator Stella Oduah Officially Elected President of ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians

Former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, a lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial District at the National Assembly Abuja, has been elected as the ... Full story

Fuel Hike: Nigerian Students Threaten To Shut Down Schools In 11 States

The National Association of Nigeria Students,NANS, zone B, yesterday threatened to shutdown all tertiary institutions in the zone, comprising 11 states today in protest against ... Full story

Ijaw Youths Want Goodluck Jonathan Arrest And Face The Consequences

The Ijaw Youths Congress, IYC, has warned the Federal Government against its plan to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan over the ongoing probe of massive ... Full story

Nigeria Bleeds As Militants Blow Up More Pipelines

By Emma Amaize, Soni Daniel, Clara Nwachukwu, Emman Ovuakporie, Michael Eboh, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Egufe Yafugborhi, Brisibe Perez and Akpokona Omafuaire The nation's crude oil fortunes took ... Full story

President Buhari Reveals His Biggest Shock in Office

President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja yesterday, told editors and newspaper executives in a brief interview to mark the administration’s first year in office that the ...

Ekiti Workers Blast Fayose And Begin Indefinite Strike Over Non-Payment Of Five Month Arrears Of Salaries And Deductions

Government business and academic activities in public schools were paralysed yesterday as civil servants and teachers in Ekiti State began an indefinite strike to protest ...

I Can’t Sell Myself Or My Family To Pay Striking Ekiti Workers Says Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose has said he has no immediate solution to the demands of striking workers in Ekiti State, stressing that he cannot sell himself ...

EFCC Has Recovered Several Billions Of Dollars In 6 Months Says Magu

Within the last six months, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, secured more than 140 convictions and recovered billions of dollars in stolen funds ...

Bill To Increase Power Of Sharia Passes 2nd Reading Without Debate

The bill to increase the powers and jurisdiction of Sharia Law in Nigeria passed second reading at the lower chambers of the national assembly without ...

Agatu killings: Benue Demands N100 Billion Compensation

The people of Benue State are asking for N100b compensation for the attacks on Agatu area of the State by unidentified Fulani herdsmen that led ...

Comment on: Olusegun Obasanjo: ‘Revolution Coming…The Danger Ahead Is Real And Potent’

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Lord Of The Pitch: The Return Of ‘The Broken One’

By Abayomi Kalejaye In J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic adventure trilogy, Lord of the Rings, the ephemeral defeat of the villain, Sauron, by the hand of ...

Adekunle Gold Opens Up On How Following A Girl To Church Changed His Life

YBNL singer, Adekunle Gold, has opened up on how he switched from his Islam faith to becoming a full fletched Christian. Gold also mentioned that his ...

Barcelona's Busquets Signs New Contract

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has signed a new five-year deal with the club. Busquets, 27, has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in ...

Clarence Peters Reportedly Robbed Off Equipment And Belongings Worth $60,000 In Ghana

According to Ghanaian media personality Ameyaw Debrah, award winning Nigerian video director, Clarence Peters, was robbed of his production equipment and other belongings estimated at ...

Nigerian Beauty Queen Involved In Serious Motor Accident

Face of Idoma carnival, Queen Ashley Yusuf was involved in a terrific motor accident along deadly Lafia - Akwanga road in Nassarawa state on Tuesday ... Full story

Breaking News: CAF Bans Giwa And 4 Others For 5 Years

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has slammed a five-year ban on embattled Chris Giwa and four four of his disciples thereby confirming and extending the ...

Onazi Named As Captain For Mali Friendly

Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will captain Nigeria in their friendly game against Mali in Rouen, France, tonight. The 23-year-old Onazi is one of the most senior ...

Yobo Testimonial: Port-Harcourt Agog As Top Football Stars Arrive

The Garden City of Port Harcourt will this evening play host to Joseph Yobo's testimonial match in celebration of his retirement and centenary appearance for ...

VIDEO: Jose Mourinho's First Interview As Manchester United Manager

Newly appointed manager of Manchester United Jose Mourinho gave his first interview to the club's TV channel, MUTV. Watch the video below. ...

OFFICIAL: Enyeama Extends Contract With Lille

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Lille, the French club have announced. Enyeama’s previous deal was due to ...