A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo
has affirmed that Nigeria and and African
countries might be sitting on a
He said the hazards of the lingering and
increasing youth unemployment is
Olusegun Obasanjo made this remark
while receiving the newly appointed
President of ECOWAS Commission, Marcel
Alain de Souza at his Abeokuta residence.
He 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
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
“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
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.”