Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday rode a tricycle in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital in celebration of his 85th birthday.
Obasanjo, who turned 85 on March 5, rode the tricycle aka Keke from the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library through Kuto under bridge, amid greetings and jubilation by onlookers along the road.
The former President stopped to pick up a male passenger. He said he rode the tricycle to demonstrate safety in driving one.
“There is nothing wrong in young people starting small. The Keke is secure and safe when handled professionally and with discipline,” Obasanjo said after returning to the library.
“In fact, you can plan your business the way you wish and earn income that you can deploy to other investments. And if you are able to get a second one, you can give that to someone else. So, you become self-employed and you have also employed somebody.”
Obasanjo said when he recently distributed 85 Keke to young people across the nation, he received feedback that made riding Keke look like an inappropriate gift, even as some wondered if that was the best for young people.
“I have always had a passion for youths empowerment and employment,” he noted.