Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has declared clearly that Nigeria cannot make it until the nation focuses on Agriculture.
The former president made this known on Thursday at the Youth Enterprise summit organised by the Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Chief Obasanjo said Agriculture has the capacity to create millions of employment for Nigerian Youths.
Obasanjo who described agriculture as his second career further expatiated that not many countries in the world had been successful without agriculture.
“The truth is this, if we are going to have employment for millions of youths in this country, it will be mainly in agriculture business, not in oil and energy. Oil and energy will give you money; will make a few billionaires and multi-billionaires.
Also speaking, the chairperson for the summit, Mr Ayodele Aderinwa, said that the future looked scary with fear of poverty in view of the growing population of youths.
Speaking from a statistical understanding, he said, African youths population would hit 850 million by 2050, arguing that “the wealth creation via entrepreneurship is the way out to combat poverty.”
“I opened the doors of opportunity and they took advantage of it, and I thank them for taking advantage of it.
“All the billionaires we have today, they came out as a result of them taking advantage of those opportunities. And I am grateful to them that the opportunities that my administration created, they grabbed it and utilised it.”
The former president added:
“One thing is to create opportunity, another thing is to find people who will seize the opportunity and make what they have to make out of it.
“But let’s take agriculture, we will never make it in this country until we take agriculture seriously. There are not many countries that have made it without taking agriculture seriously.”
Obasanjo, who described himself as a successful farmer, urged youths to embrace agriculture and entrepreneurship.