Monday August 14, 2017 – I Became President At 39, Gowon Did At 33, Why Can’t You Become President At Age 30? – Obasanjo Asks The Youths
Ex-President Obasanjo has urged the Nigerian youths to take over leadership from old politicians since they are not ready to quit politics.
According to the former President, leadership positions are never on a platter of gold. He urged the youth to work for them.
OBJ urged the youths to stop complaining and get ready to fit into elective offices because the country needs leaders who are spiritually and academically sound.
”I joined politics from the top. The only position I contested for is President, but I had a track record of achievements, which led to that.
”Nobody will choose you; you have to choose yourself. Why should you have to become president at the age of 40? “Why can’t you become president at the age of 35? Why can’t you become president at the age of 30?
”General Gowon became Head of State at 33. I became Head of State at 39. And it is because of my track record, and thanks to Abacha (the late Gen. Sani Abacha)for putting me in jail.
”Those were the reasons why I had the opportunity to come back as elected President. The point is this -how are you prepared? Are you really prepared?
”You should engage in things that will bring about unity and integration. You see yourselves as Nigerians and one family instead of pursuing things that could divide the country.”