Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigeria democracy day, May 29 marks the country’s democracy day for the unprecedented freedom from physical and psychological torture exercised against civilians under the authoritarian regime by the military head of states.

Nigerians pathway from the military regime to democratic system of government in 1999

On Sunday 28th May, 2017, the ex-President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library conference hall during a youth governance dialogue with the theme tagged: ‘Preparing Successor Generation for Effective Participation in Governance.’

The programme witnessed majorly youths from all the nooks and crannies of tertiary institutions, secondary schools, colleges and youths oriented organizations in the country and mostly from Ogun State.

The ex-President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said as follows:

“My greatest worry for Africa and Nigeria are the anger and frustration of the youth that can lead to explosion. It will know no bounds. If you talk about Boko Haram, it’s limited to the North-East, MASSOB is limited to the South-East, militants to the Niger Delta and OPC is around the corner here.

“Believe in yourself, as an individual, as a community and a country. We must have this spirit that ‘I will do, I can do.’ In my time, when we had opportunities but there were no facilities, but in your own time, there are facilities but no opportunities. And government is not helping you, so, you have to help yourself.

“When I completed my secondary school education, I got letters of appointment from five places, and then there was an option of one university before me. Now with 152 universities, you have choices but the opportunities are limited.

“You must think of what you can do for yourself, stop complaining and moaning.”

Also at the event, the Ex-Minister of Aviation and Federal Road Safety Corps Marshall, Chief Osita Chidoka, delivered a special key note on the topic ‘Towards a Guiding Political Philosophy for a Democratic Nigeria,’ disclosed as follows:

 “Our national aspirations should inspire the next generation and provide them with the existential meaning of Nigeria; a meaning that transcends geography, natural resources and ethnicity.”

“Our political parties can then build their ideologies around the strategies for the achievement of our national goals.”

Also the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and one time Speaker of National House of Assembly, speaks to the participants and stated that “We cannot keep calling them the leaders of tomorrow without ensuring that we put in place deliberate measures that will aid their quest for public service.”

“We have to find the means to reduce unemployment there is no doubt that the current diversification policy of President Muhammadu Buhari government will eventually provide broader opportunities for self employment.”

The ex-President urged youths in Nigeria to believe in the country and in themselves, to be a catalyst of change that will pave way for good governance, accountability, transparency and among many other good virtues of leadership in the country.