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Young Nigerians Can Never Be President If…Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that youth can never be President of this country if the present trend continues.
Speaking today, June 25, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State, while fielding questions from secondary school students, the former President expressed worry that politics has been impossibly monetized so much that youths may never have the wherewithal to come into power.
He regretted that in spite of the “Not Too Young to Run” campaign, people contesting to rule the country are between 70 and 80 years old.
He asked, “how can the youth become President? even as he said that the amount of money involved in going into politics would not allow them to get to leadership positions.
Obasanjo said that he had made many “genuine mistakes” in his life but that God made him overcome them.
“One of the mistakes I made was picking my number two (running mate) when I wanted to become the president. But because it was a genuine mistake, God saved me.”
It is on record that the current Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was Obasanjo’s second-in-command from 1999 to 2007.
While in office, Obasanjo and Atiku disagreed on issues as they went up in arms against each other for years.
Speaking about the second mistake, Obasanjo said he refused an asylum offered to him by the American Embassy when he was about to be arrested by the late former military dictator, General Sani Abacha.
According to Obasanjo, he would have lost his life during the period of his incarceration, but God saved him.
“When Abacha wanted to arrest me, I was told by the American ambassador that they will arrest me and that America has asked that I should be given an asylum. I said no. It could have been a mistake because I could have lost my life.”
The Balogun Owu maintained that God had saved him from many things that could have been a mistake.

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