BY Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday raised concern over youth explosion in the country, saying â€œmy greatest worry for Africa and Nigeria is the anger and frustration of the youths that will lead to explosion.â€
He said if the youths in the country are not properly managed, it would lead to explosion.
Obasanjo who spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during a Youth Governance Dialogue programme, said during his time, there were opportunities but limited facilities unlike today where there are facilities but limited opportunities.
He said: â€œIt will know no bound. If you talk about Boko Haram, itâ€™s limited to North-east, MASSOB is limited to the east, militants to the Niger Delta and OPC is around the corner here.â€
However, Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, while presenting his opening speech with the topic, â€˜Preparing Successor Generation for Effective Participation in Governanceâ€™, said anyone who does not see the intrinsic value of the youth has simply never enjoyed the opportunity of working with the youth.
He said: â€œWe cannot keep calling them the leaders of tomorrow without ensuring that we put in place deliberate measures that will aid their quest for public service.â€
He therefore, said one cannot under-estimate the place of experience in the leadership of a country, addingÂ that â€œsometimes candour and youthful excitement can cause as much harm as the most venal form of corruption.â€
Meanwhile, the lead speaker, former Minister of Aviation and FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr. Osita Chidoka, while speaking on the theme â€˜Towards a Guiding Political Philosophy for a Democratic Nigeriaâ€™ said many argued that the trouble with Nigeria was leadership.
He said for the country to grow, Nigerians must build a society that harnesses human resources, provides equal opportunities and develops capacity for innovation.
He said: â€œOur national aspirations should inspire the next generation and provide them with the existential meaning of nigeria. A meaning that transcends geography, natural resources and ethnicity.â€
He proposed a new charter for the country, saying the charter should contain reasons for the countryâ€™s union, the purpose of union and the guarantee of the basic rights, privileges and obligations of citizens.
â€œOur political parties can then build their ideologies around the strategies for the achieving our national goals,â€ he added.