Squeeze Out Old People From The Offices- Obasanjo Tells African Youths Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has in an interactive session, advised African youths to come together and use their electoral power to kick out the older generation from all leadership positions.

He said this in interactive session, which was held virtually to mark this year’s International Youth Day on Wednesday, August 12.

According to him, unless old people are forced out of the political stage, they will continue to occupy the leadership positions which is a disservice to the youths in Africa.

“Unless you squeeze out those who are in 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 to the constitution of political parties in favour of youths 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.

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

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