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We Are Sitting On A Keg Of Gun Powder- Obasanjo Opens Up .

Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has warned Nigeria 
and and African countries on the hazards of the lingering and increasing 
youth unemployment.

Olusegun Obasanjo made this call while receiving the newly appointed 
President of ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza at his 
Abeokuta residence.

Obasanjo during the visit said: “On the issue of unemployment, 
particularly youth unemployment, I have maintained that all of 
us in West Africa, in our different countries and indeed in Africa, 
we are sitting on a keg of gun powder for as long as we do not 
pay adequate attention to youth unemployment.”

He further added: “A situation where more than 50 per cent of 
our youths are unemployed is extremely dangerous. We now 
have a situation in part of West Africa where people now are dying of starvation.

“Is it that we are not producing enough food or if we are 
producing what we produced evenly, whatever it is it is 
shameful, it has led us to be begging international community 
for supply of food to any part of West Africa, it is not right?”

Obasanjo who is also a special envoy of ECOWAS to 
Guinea-Bissau while playing host to Souza and other 
delegates noted that the sub-regional body was yet to 
meet the goals for which it was constituted 41 years ago.

He said: “So the attention that we should have paid to 
the original objectives which is economic integration,
 economic development, socio economic, economic progress, 
we have been diverted.

“Of course peace and security is the foundation of any 
socio-economic development and growth. Of necessity 
we have to pay attention to base on security.”

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