Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on
Sunday, pleaded with Nigerian youths, not to wish President Muhammadu
Buhari death, or any leader in the country.
This came as the social media has been
awashed with the news of Buhari’s demise, as a result of an undisclosed
illness, and very poor communication from the Presidency.
Obasanjo who spoke on other sundry
issues, stated that his “greatest fear about Nigeria” today, remained
the “anger and frustration of the youths”, adding that, if not managed,
it could lead to “youth explosion.”
Obasanjo noted that when he left
secondary school, he received letters of appointments from five
establishments, and wondered whether any Nigerian University graduate
could have such opportunities today.
“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. Wherever 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 Oodua Peoples Congress in the South-West. 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”, Obasanjo said.