Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised the alarm that Africa’s growing inhabitants is assuming a worsening development.
Obasanjo anxious about how Nigeria and different African nations would be capable of hold “this keg of gunpowder of the large army of unemployed youth from exploding.”
He queried how the unemployed youths may very well be stopped from enlisting in violent extremist teams and gangs of kidnappers.
Obasanjo acknowledged these throughout the public presentation of the maiden version of the Africa Progress Group (APG) report, on Tuesday.
Obasanjo, who’s chairman of the APG, stated if Africa’s rising inhabitants, which he stated retains him awake at night time, is managed correctly, it can yield big dividends for nationwide and regional growth.
He stated, “Three clusters of questions pop up in my mind any time the scary thoughts of the ever-increasing population kept me awake at night. The first cluster is: how are we going to feed this exploding population?
“Only a few days ago, the alarm was raised about imminent food crisis in Nigeria. Similar alarm bells have been ringing with increasing stridency all over Africa. How are we going to house them; educate them, provide them with health security and other variants of human security?
“The second cluster of questions is: how do we keep this keg of gunpowder of the large army of unemployed youth from exploding? How do we keep them from enlisting in violent extremist groups and gangs of kidnappers? The third cluster of questions is: how can Africa attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 in a turbulent sea of exploding, not-well-managed populations?
“While these clusters of questions are frightening, they would appear to have an elegantly simple solution — political will and action to make population an asset. This is the master key of a sort. I am sure you noticed that this ‘key’ has two elements — the will and the action.”