Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has declared himself as the father of “frustrated youths” in Nigeria.
He made the remark on Friday when he received the popular musician-cum activist, Charly Boy, at his residence.
In the course of their friendly conversation, Charly Boy had said he is the “president of frustrated Nigerian youths”.
“If as the president of frustrated youths of this country, na me be their president, okay?. Me myself I dey frustrated,” he said in Pidgin.
Obasanjo, however, cut in briefly.
“(You said) you’re president of frustrated Nigerian youths?” the ex-president asked to which Charly Boy replied “yes”.
“I am their father,” Obasanjo joked amid applause from those in attendance.
Reacting, Charly Boy asked the former president to advise young Nigerians faced with several challenges.
“If you’re asked to advise young Nigerians in a toxic environment and going through a lot to give them hope –because we have a serious battle in our hands — what would you say?” he asked.
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Responding, Obasanjo said: “That we are poor and frustrated is not the fault of God, it is the choice of our leaders. And if you are going to change that, change our situation, you have to change leadership. And there’s nobody that will do that other than the youth.
“I always say, Nigeria is my own baby, the one I want to put a beautiful bead on its waist, not an individual.
“In the north, they say, ‘La mu la muni’. ‘Tiwa n tiwa’, in south-east, it’s ‘Nka bu ka nyi.’ Now, that is not the issue, the issue is Nigeria.”