Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. (Photo Credit: The Triangle)

Obasanjo, Use Your Influence To Find Young Leaders For Nigeria – Agbakoba

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. (Photo Credit: The Triangle)
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. (Photo Credit: The Triangle)

Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), former president of Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) has tasked former President Olusegun Obasanjo with using his sway as an elder statesman to galvanise politics in Nigeria in order to give way to youthful political leadership in the country.

In a personal letter written to the former president, Agbakoba lamented the issue of poor leadership in the country, citing it as a bane and expressed concern about life expectancy, corruption and poverty. Nigeria ranks poorly on all international human development indicators according to him.

 

“I am concerned about the quality of leadership in Nigeria. Corruption is endemic. Poverty is high. Life expectancy is low. Nigeria ranks poorly on all international human development indicators. Chinua Achebe in his book ‘The Trouble with Nigeria’ pointed out the situation of Nigeria is directly linked to failure of leadership. Our country is held back by a crop of leadership that have outlived usefulness and effectiveness as a result of old age. It beggars belief that there is no culture among our political elite, to encourage younger people with new ideas to aspire to positions of leadership, in particular, the office of the President. The modern history of Nigeria was shaped by young people. Your Excellency was 39 years when you became Head of State. Zik was 40 when he founded the NCNC. Awolowo was 43 when he became Premier of Western Region. Ahmadu Bello was 40 when he co-founded the NPC. Ojukwu and Gowon were in their 30s when they took centre stage in Nigerian politics.

The modern history of Nigeria was shaped by young people. Your Excellency was 39 years when you became Head of State. Zik was 40 when he founded the NCNC. Awolowo was 43 when he became Premier of Western Region. Ahmadu Bello was 40 when he co-founded the NPC. Ojukwu and Gowon were in their 30s when they took centre stage in Nigerian politics.

I believe it is time for our elder statesmen to give way to a young new vibrant political leadership. I am also convinced that with your support this can be achieved and expanded to become high policy amongst all political parties in Nigeria. Nigeria will greatly benefit. I strongly feel that a radical change in political leadership from old to new will be transformational,”  Agbakoba said.

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