Tuesday, 20 October 2020 03:22

Obasanjo speaks on #EndSARS protests

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo says President Muhammadu Buhari should demonstrate his care for the youths by attending to their demands.

Obasanjo spoke when he visited Mr Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife, at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun state, on Monday.

He described the #EndSARS protest as the product of an extensive agitation by the Nigerian youth.

He said the youths are clamouring for a better life and there are several ways the government can show it understands their plights by making things easier for them.

“More than 65 percent of our population is under and within the ages of 18 and 30; they are not only struggling to acquire education, they are also aspiring for the best that life can offer them,” Obasanjo said.

“Some of them didn’t even get educated, while those who are educated are getting frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realize that the lid on the boiling steam would have to be removed.

“But, I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people’s welfare, especially the youth, as the father of the country and particularly, as the father of the youth.

“Fortunately, the president has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youth know that he, as a father, understands their plight and that his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them.”

 

The Cable