Obasanjo to youths: Squeeze out old sit-tight leaders out of office or they won't leave/ Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has enjoined youths to take up the challenge of squeezing out sit-tight political leaders out of office to inject new minds into the country's leadership space.

The erstwhile president stated this in his keynote address at an interactive session held virtually to mark the 2020 International Youth Day on Wednesday.

According to him, youths must be resolute in demanding exit of old political leaders from the polity, noting that unless they use force, they will not leave out of their own free will. 

His words: “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 into the constitution of political parties in favour of youth. 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 per cent of those who hold executive office within the party will be less than 40 years of age.

“You’re just making sure that people that are 40 years of age will hold 50 percent of executive offices within the political party. “You can even go beyond that and say that people who will be put up for election, not less than 50 percent of them, will be less than 40 years of age. That’s affirmative action. That’s positive discrimination in favour of youths.

“I am saying this because if you leave it entirely for people to do it for you, nobody will do it for you. You have to do it for yourself.”