Obasanjo personally rode the Keke from the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), through Kuto under a bridge, amidst greetings and jubilation by onlookers along the road.
The onlookers expressed surprise at the former president riding the Keke, a reaction Obasanjo said was fuelled by wrongful societal classification of all Keke riders as miscreants and the tendency of young people avoiding the virtue of starting small.
Speaking after returning to the OOPL premises, Obasanjo said he embarked on riding the Keke to demonstrate to the people that there was nothing bad in riding the Keke and using same for commercial purposes.
He said with tricycles and other small-scale businesses, youths can be self-employed and ultimately, become economically independent.
He disclosed that he had remained committed to the economic empowerment of young people through initiatives that can generate employment, pointing out that “this is how we can increasingly address unemployment in Nigeria”.
“I have always had a passion for youths, empowerment and employment. When I started establishing farms, do you think I can run the farm alone?
“The other time I checked the people that are working with us directly on. our various establishments, we have over 5,000 and most of them are youths. I have always had a passion for youths because there is no substitute for employment”, he added.
Expressing delight at riding in the tricycle driven by the ex-president, the symbolic passenger, who identified himself as Lamidi, said the day would remain memorable for the rest of his life.