A former president of the country, Olusegun Obasanjo has cautioned the Nigerian youth against wishing the elders in the country dead as they will still need those elders for mentorship and advises.
The former president made this known on Sunday while speaking during the Youth Governance Dialogue in Abeokuta, Ogun State .
Olusegun Obasanjo during his speech noted that his “greatest fear about Nigeria” today remained the “anger and frustration of the youths,” which he noted that if not properly managed could lead to “youth explosion.”
Obasanjo added that his generation had “limitless opportunities but no facilities” in their time as against the youth of today who have facilities but little or no opportunities.
He further said: “Don’t wish us dead, don’t wish us to disappear because you will need us. You need us mentors and advisers to mentor and prepare you for the future. You need our experience and assistance of some of us to guide you through life.
“You should not lose hope, you should not feel frustrated. Whenever I go, they always ask me what is my fear about Nigeria and Africa. And I said my greatest fear is youth anger, frustrations and youth explosion which have no bound.
“We have the Boko haram in the north, the MASSOB and IPOB in the South East, the militants in the Niger Delta and the OPC in the Southwest. All of these are expression of anger and frustrations.
“We have what it takes to be great as a nation and we can’t transform this country without the youths. My greatest hope in this country is also the youth. You the youth should work to help yourselves. You must be ready to pay the price for what you stand for.”