Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has explained Why African
youths are in support of coups happening in the continent.
Obasanjo said the rising military coups in Africa showed
that the youths were in search of liberators.
The former President spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State
capital, during an interactive session with a group of youths from Africa for
Africa Youth Initiative (A4A), a platform founded by Reverend Chris Oyakhilome.
Obasanjo, who said he would not support a coup due to his
experience in the hands of late General Sanni Abacha, noted that certain
conditions had been encouraging the military seizure of power across the
The former president who ruled Nigeria both as a military
and democratically elected president, explained that the youths are excited by
the coups in Africa because they want to be liberated.
Since 2020, Africa has experienced coups in seven countries
with the most recent ones in Niger and Gabon.
In his words, “if we don’t have the conditions that
encourage them (coups), they may not happen,” stating that “we should make sure
that we do everything to prevent coups from happening.”
Obasanjo noted that the youth particularly, “support most of
these coups, the one in Gabon, the Coup Leader, was being carried on the head
by the youths, not by old wretched men and women like me.
“So, the youth are looking for liberators, and we must bear
that in mind. Why do we have to allow the youth to start looking for liberators
beyond the government of the day? Why?”
He charged African leaders to entrench true democratic
principles with God-given attributes as a way to discourage coups in Africa.
“And if you have been in government for 40 years and you are
not tired, maybe you need retirement,” he stated.
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