Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, pleaded with Nigerian youths, not to wish President Muhammadu Buhari death, or any leader in the country.
This came as the social media has been awashed with the news of Buhari’s demise, as a result of an undisclosed illness, and very poor communication from the Presidency.
Obasanjo who spoke on other sundry issues, stated that his “greatest fear about Nigeria” today, remained the “anger and frustration of the youths”, adding that, if not managed, it could lead to “youth explosion.”
Obasanjo noted that when he left secondary school, he received letters of appointments from five establishments, and wondered whether any Nigerian University graduate could have such opportunities today.
“Don’t wish us dead, don’t wish us to disappear, because you will need us. You need us mentors and advisers, to mentor and prepare you for the future. You need our experience and assistance of some of us, to guide you through life.
“You should not lose hope, you should not feel frustrated. Wherever I go, they always ask me, what is my fear about Nigeria and Africa. And I said my greatest fear is youth anger, frustrations, and youth explosion, which have no bound.
“We have the Boko haram in the North, the MASSOB and IPOB in the South-East, the Militants in the Niger Delta, and the Oodua Peoples Congress in the South-West. All of these are expression of anger and frustrations.
“We have what it takes to be great as a nation, and we can’t transform this country without the youths. My greatest hope in this country, is also the youth. You the youth should work to help yourselves. You must be ready to pay the price for what you stand for”, Obasanjo said.