ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that African youths are in support of coups happening in the continent.
According to him, the rising military coups in Africa showed that the youths were in search of liberators.
Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, during an interactive session with a group of youths from Africa for Africa Youth Initiative (A4A), a platform founded by Reverend Chris Oyakhilome.
The former President, who said he would not support a coup due to his experience in the hands of late General Sanni Abacha, said that certain conditions had been encouraging the military seizure of power across the continent.
Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria both as a military and democratically elected president, emphasized that the youths are excited by the coups in Africa because they want to be liberated.
He said: “if we don’t have the conditions that encourage them (coups), they may not happen,” adding that “we should make sure that we do everything to prevent coups from happening.”
He 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 therefore, 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 added.
Recall that since 2020, Africa has experienced coups in seven countries with the most recent ones in Niger and Gabon.