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The debate was organised by ‘Club de Madrid’ an independent non-profit organization composed of 80 democratic former presidents and prime ministers from 56 different countries.
The ex-president also declared that former Ghanaian President John Kuffuor and other African leaders will have no hidden place if the revolution knocks at his doorstep.
John Kuffour, also a member of Club de Madrid together with other ex leaders was at the debate.
Though he did not state why he will be the first victim in Nigeria, Obasanjo said that if the unemployment situation in African countries is allowed to continue and not checked, the revolution that would take place will be more severe than what is being witnessed in the Middle East.
“I want to underline this as a situation that must signal red alert for us in Africa, I am worried, I am apprehensive about unemployment in our continent, it is not being taken as seriously as it should be, I give the example of my own country Nigeria; we now have 120 universities.
“If you count that they are graduating about 3000 every year and some are doing more than that for one tertiary institution. You have well over 600, 000. We are not creating 100, 000 jobs every year for graduates of our tertiary institutions; that is a tinder box on which we are all sitting and the fuse can be ignited anytime,” he said
Speaking on social justice, he said “can we really have social justice with 50 percent of citizens of a country being unemployed or being under employed? Can you really have social justice in a situation where democracy, rule of law and popular participation are absent? Obviously the answer will be no.” (Daily Trust)