By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday, said any government that failed to train and empower the youth was playing a dangerous game.
Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital during the 2014 edition of United Nation’s International Youths Day celebration with the theme, “youth and mental health.”
The former President joined hundreds of youths in the early morning two-kilometre walk from Kuto roundabout to Presidential library along Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Addressing the youth at the proposed youth centre in the Presidential library, he urged the youth to be born again, describing them as the future of the country, saying “Let me say how delighted I am for this modest beginning.
When the United Nations decided that the youths all over the world will be celebrated in one day of the year, they knew what they were doing.This is because people will say youths are the hope of the future. But you are more than the hope of the future: youths are the hope of the future, the stability of the future.
“So, when we talk about the youths, we are talking about the future and any country that does not take the training, skill acquisition, empowerment and employment of its youths seriously, that nation is playing a dangerous game with its future.’I want to thank you for being here. I want to congratulate you and congratulate myself too for being able to join you and also being able to keep pace with you.”