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Why I’m Ready To Die, Obasanjo Speaks

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo said the fear of death cannot stop him from airing his opinions on national issues whenever there is a need to do so.

Obasanjo said that as an elder statesman in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, his concern over the years is to build leaders of the continent.

Obasanjo disclosed this at a two-day interactive session of the Presidential Youth Mentorship Retreat, held at the Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The Owu-born octogenarian said God has favoured him to live long after serving as military head of state and as democratically-elected president of the country. He said the youths across the African region needed mentorship by their leaders.

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Addressing the youths, Obasanjo advised them to sacrifice themselves individually and collectively to make the African continent a great nation.

Obasanjo said: “I’m not afraid of death at my age, God has favoured me and I appreciate God’s blessings on me over these years.

”My concern over the years is to build leaders of Africa. My greatest concern is tomorrow and that tomorrow begins today.

“The world today is in crisis; I believed that youths need interaction from leaders and learning from them. I want to be inspired at the end of this programme.

“I want you to identify yourself and use your identity to achieve service to God and humanity.”

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