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Send old generation out of power- Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo tells African youths


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised African youths to come back together and use their electoral power to kick out the older generation from all leadership positions.

Speaking at an interactive session held virtually to mark this year’s International Youth Day on Wednesday, August 12, the former President said unless old people are forced out of the political stage, they will continue to occupy the leadership positions which may be a disservice to the youths in Africa.

“Unless you squeeze out those that are in office and people who want to stay in office perpetually, some after the age of 80, unless you squeeze them out, they're going to not want to be out.

The type of change i'm talking about, that i think we will all embark upon is to subscribe to the constitution of political parties in favour of youths or if you wish it you call it social 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 are going to be less than 40 years.

You can even go beyond that and say that people who are going to be put up for election, not less than 50 per cent of them will be less than 40 years aged . That’s social action . That’s positive discrimination in favour of youths.'' he said

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