A former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday challenged Nigerian youths to get up and take over leadership positions rather than waiting for the future.
Obasanjo said this yesterday during a special interview with a former Super Eagles star, Segun Odegbami, on his Eagle7 Sports at 103.7 FM, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
His charge came amidst clamour for a younger president ahead of next year’s election.
Obasanjo reiterated that youths should always reject the tag of “leaders of tomorrow,” saying the tomorrow may never come.
The former president said some corrupt leaders would destroy the so-called tomorrow if the younger generation failed to rise up and take their future in their hands.
“My advice for Nigerian youths is that they should never let anybody tell them that you are the leaders of tomorrow. If you wait for tomorrow before you take over leadership, that tomorrow may not come. They will destroy it.
“This is the time the youth should get up and make it happen,” Obasanjo said while responding to questions from Odegbami.
Asked to explain his “romance with farming,” Obasanjo said the only thing he did not do by accident in his entire life was farming.
“You know my beginning. I was born and bred in a village. I went to school by accident. My father just said, ‘Won’t you do something different?’ So I went into farming. When you look at countries that have made it, they developed on agriculture,” he said.