Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been attacked over comments he made while speaking on an interview with BBC Africa.

Obasanjo said the unemployment rate among Africa’s large youthful population is potentially dangerous.

“We are all sitting on a keg of gunpowder,” Obasanjo said, when he was talking about his greatest fear for the continent.

He estimated that 60% of the continent’s population is under the age of 25 and half of those do not have a job.

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He suggested that a better education system was one of the answers to the problem.

But, his comments and suggestion did not go down well with many African youths, as a lot of people have been reacting on the BBC Africa Facebook page over the comments he made.

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Social commentator, Anengiyefa Alagoa says:

People like Mr Obasanjo are a major part of the problem! The absence of accountability and people failing to take responsibility for their failures, are the main reasons why Africa is in the mess that is in today.”

Akpoka Desmond Akpoka says:

This man has been the person destroying youth in his country. He should be asked how he has helped youth during his eight year reign as president. What platform did he created that’s helping youth today?”

Olagunju Kayode says:

Very many of our past leaders jet off to weddings of colleagues and move huge capital investments out of the country. So how do they expect the youth to do well without a good job?”

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