Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that there is need to seriously address challenges impeding youth development in African countries because failure to do so is tantamount to a ticking time bomb.
He said this on Monday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during the launch of a book titled Making Africa Work which he co-authored with Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbs and Dickie Davis.
The book highlights what needs to be done to make Africa develop.
“My greatest fear for Africa is that if we don’t do what we ought to do for the youth, we are like sitting on a pot of gun powder. We will have an explosion which we will fail to manage. We don’t need a situation of hopelessness for our youth,” Obasanjo said.
He also said the rate at which development has been taking place on the continent is not good enough as there is a lot of economic growth potential which is not being utilised.
According to Obasanjo, leadership needs to act swiftly in addressing development issues because any delays bear costs.
“What has to be done has to be done when and how it ought to be done, any delays in development bring costs in implementation or even leads to loss of lives,” he said.
One of the co-authors, Mills, said the book also aims at empowering decision-makers on how they can become good leaders who will positively influence on national development.