Nigeria: Obasanjo to Youths - Take Up Leadership Positions

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday urged youths to take up leadership positions.

Speaking while receiving members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria at his penthouse in the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, he said: "Don't let anybody tell you that you are too young, I started making contribution to the world when I was serving in Congo in 1960, I was only 24 years old. By the time I went to the warfront I was still under 35 years of age, by the time I became the Head of State, I was under 40 years of age."

Obasanjo expressed worry that over 13 million children were out of schools in Nigeria.

He said: "Whatever I have done, I have done it because I was educated and the love I have for Nigeria. If I didn't have education I will not have been able to do what I have done and today it pains me that more than 13million Nigerian children who should be in school are out of school.

"We don't need additional teachers you will only increase what those teachers get maybe by 40 percent or something, we can even do two streams if we prepare for that and start two years from now and those children would have become product that would be able to make contributions and make their own life better and as well making the life of their families too better. I am so much concerned about the youth, the truth is over 60 percent of our populations are youths and under 30 years of age."

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