Former President Olusegun Obasanjo standing with Ona Adeyeye Ofunwusi in his palace
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, has spoken in support of the current youths agitation in Nigerian, which they are executing with the #EndSARS protests.
Speaking on Monday in Ile-Ife, Osun State, during his visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Obasanjo, said the #EndSARS protests across the country were a product of extensive agitations by youths.
Hence, he said the youths must be attended to by government, as he called out President Buhari to speak out as a way to make Nigerian youths know that he understood their plight and would make life better for them.
Disclosing this in a statement, Moses Olafare, the Director of Media, Ooni’s palace, said Obasanjo, at the palace of Oba Ogunwusi said many youths had struggled to get education, while the educated ones among them were frustrated over lack of opportunities.
But according to the statement, Obasanjo, expressed the belief that there were windows of opportunities which the government could explore to show that it cared about the people.
“Over 65 per cent of our population are under the age of 35, who look up to the best in life, who struggle for education; some of them didn’t even get educated while those who are educated get frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realise 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, especially the youth’s welfare as the father of the country, particularly as the father of the youths.
“Fortunately, by experience, the President has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youths know that he, as a father, understands their plight and his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying.
In his remark, the statement also quoted Oba Ogunwusi, as describing, #EndSARS as a struggle and a clear message from the youths to the government, particularly about their ability to get things done in a coordinated manner.
Oba Ogunwusi, it was said, urged the youths to allow the government to fully attend to their yearnings.