by Kolapo Olapoju
Erstwhile President, Olusegun Obasanjo has tasked Nigerian youths to embrace the responsibility of fighting for the country.
The former president stated that the generation before his fought for the country’s independence while his generation fought for Nigeria’s unity, adding that the present generation is burdened with the onus of ensuring that the democracy of the Nigeria is stable
While speaking at the 100th-year anniversary of Ijero Baptist Church in Lagos on Sunday, 30 November, Obasanjo implored Nigeria’s youths to actively contribute to nation building, rather than blame previous generations for the Nigeria’s wholesome decadent state.
Obasanjo stated: “Recently, a son of my friend looked at everything around him and got angry and went to meet his dad who is my age mate. He told his father that our generation is a lost one. The father did not pay him any attention so he came to meet me.”
“He told me what he told his father and justified it by telling me that he went to the university and graduated but got no job. So, our generation has failed him. So I told him that it is normal because that was how we used to blame the generation before us.”
“But I told him that the generation before mine was the one that fought for our independence. Whichever way we want to criticise them, they gave us independence. Then my generation which you say is not good, fought the civil war. We fought for the unity of Nigeria and if we did not do so, you probably would need a visa to travel to Kano or Port Harcourt. Not only that but that generation also established the foundation of democracy.”
“So what do you claim your generation has achieved? It is part of it. We have seen what successive leaders of each generation have done, what can we say about you? What can we say about your generation?”