Obasanjo to Nigerian youth: Only few of us remain, exploit our experience

Olusegun Obasanjo with Niger and Adamawa governors condoling Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje over Mataima Sule's death
Olusegun Obasanjo with Niger and Adamawa governors condoling Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje over Mataima Sule's death

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, today said that with the exit of the respected statesman, Yusuf Maitama Sule, Nigerian youth have less of the older generation of Nigerians to learn from.

Mr. Obasanjo, who was speaking while condoling with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje during a visit to the governor’s office and the people of Kano over the death of Maitama Sule reminded youth that no matter how they felt, the voices of older Nigerians still represent that of wisdom and hope.

“Even if you think that as young people you have the same number of new clothes as we the old people, you can certainly not have the same number of rags,’’ he said in apparent reference to a Yoruba proverb on the wisdom embedded in old age.

He lauded the late Danmasani as an embodiment of peace, wisdom and patriotism adding that he had always prayed for ‘a land of unity, land of order, land of progress and an envy of the African States.’

Mr. Obasanjo said that this may have served as the reason why he was positioned by former Nigerian leader, Murtala Muhammad, to head the Public Complaints Commission.

“This man (Maitama Sule) has left behind a big shoe and I don’t know if there is anybody fit enough to fill that shoe for now.”

In his remarks, Governor Ganduje described former President Obasanjo as a detribalised leader who had always identified with the people of Kano on many occasions.

Present at the meeting were Niger and Adamawa State governors, Abubakar Bello and Jibrilla Bindowo; a former judge, Mamman Nasir; the Wakilin Adamawa, Hassan Adamu; and a former governor, Murtala Nyako.


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  • emmanuel

    Someday, we would say – thank God, he that trouble Nigeria is dead. The fact that only a few of the evils that befell Nigeria are still alive, means that he too will soon go.

  • FreeNigeria

    I pray the whole of you die quickly to save Nigeria from the hands of master looters. may the young generation never learn anything from you and your worthless generation who are curse on Nigeria and humanity.

    • Julius

      Well, to be honest with you, some of these so called younger generations are worse than these old people. Case in point…Saraki, Dino, Fayose need I go on ? Some of them stole their states monies to buy Jets. Tell me how many of the old men you are praying to die quickly did that ? We can listen to them and learn not to do/repeat what they did wrong. I see nothing wrong with that.

      • Kabiru Bala Umar

        Very good thought thank you and God bless.

        • Julius

          We need to educate these fools that comes online because it’s free and they think they can say anything without been challenged. God bless you too sir.

          • aboki

            They are not cultured with no proper upbringing in THEM as some of them are BABY FACTORIES products.

          • Julius

            Hatred and jealousy of others is the root of their upbringings . You notice that if they are not in charge of things they are not f.or it . They were living fat on the bones under Jona the clueless and when he lost, they want biafraud . I say let them have it and I promise you that within a year some of their states will be fighting for their own country. They hate each other.

    • Abu-Abdurrahman

      What is the position of your old man,let them die alltogether?

    • Pat

      Just show me three political office holders from younger generation in Nigeria that can be referred to as good leaders, and without corruption. Only God knows what Nigerian younger generation will invent after kidnapping.

  • Agba

    Let these old men keep their experience,we don’t need outdated experience,this is 21 century,where things move fast,proverb in yoruba is Agba ti o ba rora a fi ara gba ota.,see where they push Nigeria to,journey of no return,LET MY PEOPLE THE YORUBA LET BIAFRA GO.Without yoruba,hausa fulani are nobody.

    • Kabiru Bala Umar

      You are a trash.

    • Pat

      No wonder the Governors and political office holders that are under 60 years hold have sophisticated ways of stealing public money and making the public whose money is stolen fight to defend them. Truly, the older generation have their weaknesses, it would have been better if the younger generation could learn from them and do better. Instead of the younger generation doing better, they are doing worst, at least, in this part of the world. The only thing the younger generation know how to do better is disrespecting and cursing one another.

  • Okokondem

    After 6o years of failure without the mere basics as roads and electricity, Obasanjo is asking the future generations to seek knowledge and experience from him and his cohorts. That means he has no good wishes for Nigeria.

  • The Rt. or Lft. Hon NinjaK

    Baba Iyabo, thank you for the offer – but pls dash it to Togo. They will like it!

  • Border_Marksman

    Yea Obasanjo, I would like to tap from your experience since my goal is to further ruin Nigeria…

    • Pat

      Going by your comment, you don’t need to tap experience from anybody again. You are already in the business of ruin Nigeria faster than older generation.

      • Border_Marksman

        Oh Pat…it’s called sarcasm. Laugh a little