[FULL TEXT] You Have The Capacity To Perform Better Than Buhari As President, Obasanjo Tells Atiku

Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar

 

 Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has told the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, that he has the capacity to perform better than the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, when he gets into power.

Obasanjo stated this when Atiku visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while publicly declaring his support for him.

He described Atiku as someone as who understands Nigeria’s economy better and has the experience that can make the administration business-friendly by providing jobs.

“I personally know you have the capacity to perform better than the incumbent.

“You surely understand the economy better; you have the business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs”.

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I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential Candidate himself.

Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance
speech that it all started here.

Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have
reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice- President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the
overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for
God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I
sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party. That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party.

In addition to appreciating all that the party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.

There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends. You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.

But, I am convinced that if you continue with the
attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with
remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate – all at the national level. With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.

For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and
greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and
preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through.
From what I personally know of you, you have the capacity to perform better than the incumbent.

You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which
can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to
better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible
and more open to all parts of the country in many ways.

As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.

As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary
people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard. On your behalf, I thank
them all. May their coast continue to be expanded.

And when you become Nigerian President which, Insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin.

Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, in no time.

Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency. The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended.

I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding all the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the
whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.

Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for
reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.

The fundamentals of our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure. Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.

All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the
election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.

Once again, congratulations and I wish you well. My distinguished brothers and
leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen. I will now count on you to
encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.

God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.

Obasanjo Decries Poverty Rate In Nigeria, Tackles FG

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticized the Federal Government for the recent ranking of the country as the poorest in the world.

While addressing the Lagos State chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) executive members in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Obasanjo said the nation’s poverty index cannot be separated from the current administration’s handling of the economy.

“India is with a population of 1.3b and Nigeria is about 800m, yet, we still have the poorest citizens in the world. Nigeria does not deserve this, and this is the truth,” a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi said on Wednesday.

Obasanjo also criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid, calling on Nigerians to be united in getting the right leadership for the country.

“As you rightly said, this is a hard time economically for us all, except the very few. Is that the type of leadership you want to have for another four years?

“PDP cannot do it alone, ADC cannot do it alone. It must be collective efforts to get the right leadership for the country. Recently, the country was rated as the poorest country in the world,” he added.

The former president also urged leaders of the ADC in improving the nation’s economic situation rather destroying it.

He also praised the party for allowing women to actively participate in politics, saying development was a true reflection of the society.

Obasanjo Visits Plateau, Calls For Investigation Into Killings

 

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the Federal Government to properly investigate the murder of over 100 persons in Plateau State.

The former President made the call on Wednesday when he paid a condolence visit to Plateau State and met with Governor Simon Lalong.

Saturday’s attacks and killings in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state have been widely criticized with many calling on the Federal Government to take decisive action to arrest the attackers and end killings across the nation.

For Obasanjo, it is important to understand the immediate causes of the attacks in order to prevent further attacks and killings.

“We should find out the true cause of this. There must be a cause or causes – remote and immediate. If we are going to deal with it and we are not going to continue to multiply condolence visits by condolence visits, we must find out the root cause and deal with it,” the former President said.

“I believe that every human problem must have a human solution. This is a human problem.”

In investigating the killings, the former President expects the Federal Government to work with the state government, local government and community leaders.

Governor Simon Lalong, on his part, described the attacks and killings as very unfortunate.

This, he said, is because “if there is peace in Plateau State, everybody will be very happy. But the moment the peace is threatened in Plateau, many other places will be threatened”.

The governor, however, believes the right steps have been taken to maintain law and order in the state.

“We have done our best within this short period; we have learned our lessons and we are doing our best to maintain the peace. Like you said, we need peace not only in Plateau but all over the country,” he said.

Obasanjo Ignored All Appeals To Honour MKO Abiola – NADECO

A collage showing the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has taken a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo over what it describes as his failure to honour the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential elections, Chief MKO Abiola.

NADECO’s General Secretary and Spokesman, Ayo Opadokun, on Tuesday expressed worry over the inability of the former President to recognise the election mandate of Abiola, believed by many to have emerged winner in the polls, adjudged to be free and fair.

“President Olusegun Obasanjo who the military foisted on Nigeria for 8years ignored all appeals to close the chapter of military’s disrespect to the popular will of the Nigerian people as expressed on June 12, 1993 which results have been officially announced at all the wards, LGAs, and state levels of collations confirming Abiola’s victory,” Opadokun said in a statement.

The comments by the group come 25 years after former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the 1993 elections, an action that sparked protests in parts of the country, following the inability to recognised the late Chief Abiola as President-Elect.

NADECO, known to have been spearheading the movement for the restoration of the election mandate of the late politician, business mogul and philanthropist, also expressed worry that Obasanjo being a beneficiary of Abiola’s martyrdom ought to have recognised him.

“General Obasanjo in reaction to the popular rejection of the General Ibrahim Babangida’s annulment of the Abiola’s victory said that MKO Abiola was not the messiah Nigerian people needed,” Opadokun stated further.

Opadokun also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for formally recognizing Chief Abiola by declaring June 12 as Democracy Day celebrations in Nigeria to replace May 29.

To NADECO, President was bold enough in his declaration speech despite criticisms from some Nigerians, especially the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On June 6, President Buhari conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, Moshood Abiola.

According to Buhari, his decision to change the Democracy Day celebration is because June 12 is a more symbolic day.

He stated: “We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to Chief MKO Abiola.

“In the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12, 1993, was and is far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29, or even October 1.”

Obasanjo, IBB, Nwosu Absent As FG Confers National Honours On Abiola, Others

A collage showing the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, and Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo were absent on Tuesday as the Federal Government conferred national honours on Chief MKO Abiola and others.

Also absent at the investiture was Humphrey Nwosu, the Chairman of the country’s electoral body – the National Electoral Commission, at the time of the 1993 elections.

All three of them, however, sent messages to the investiture which took place in Abuja to apologise for being unable to attend the programme.

Chief Obasanjo and Nwosu explained that their absence was due to the fact that they are away from the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, informed the gathering about their absence and the reasons for it.

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Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida

Both the former military president and Obasanjo have been criticised by supporters of the June 12 struggle.

General Babangida has continued to receive criticism for annulling the elections, which have been widely praised for being the freest and fairest in the country.

Chief Obasanjo on the other hand, was criticised for failing to honour MKO Abiola between 1999 and 2007 when he was President.

Obasanjo Was Appointed President, Not Elected – Tundun Abiola

Tundun Abiola, daughter of late MKO Abiola.

 

Tundun Abiola, one of the daughters of  MKO Abiola, on Sunday said it was not by election that former President Olusegun Obasanjo got into office.

She believes that the former president was appointed by the then military regime to compensate the people of the South-West region for the death of her father – the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

“Obasanjo was appointed the president, he was not elected president. We did not have any election in 1999, we had a coronation,” Tundun stated during an interview on Rubin Minds on Channels Television.

She made the comments in reaction to the declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day and the posthumous award of GCFR conferred Abiola by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tundun, who is also a lawyer, commended the development which she said was appreciated by her family after a long struggle.

She, however, criticised former President Obasanjo for failing to recognise her late father for his contributions to the nation’s development.

The lawyer stressed, “When you know you were not elected, you know you were selected and just appointed president by the military, it is galling for him to have acknowledged a democratic process.”

“President Obasanjo and my father had a relationship then; so what happened in their lifetime continued even after my father was dead. He cannot bear the idea of Moshood Abiola – so he did not do it,” she claimed.

I Told Lai Mohammed, Adesina Not To Reply Obasanjo – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari while addressing members of Buhari Support Organisation at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, June 8.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that he was reluctant to reply to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s allegations against his administration.

Consequently, he stopped his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, from responding and told the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, also not to reply to the former President.

But while Mr Adesina complied with the instructions of his boss, the Minister did not and replied.

President Buhari spoke about the development on Friday night when members of the Buhari Support Organisation visited him at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.

According to the President, the age difference between Adesina and Obasanjo was one of the reasons he ruled out a response to the latter.

He said, “My press secretary was agitated he wanted to reply the letter, but I stopped him for two reasons.

“First, because he is much younger than Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Secondly, he is from the same consistency as Obasanjo so I wouldn’t know how it will affect him if I allow him to go wild or go public.”

The same considerations did not apply to the Information and Culture Minister, who the President believes did a good job with his response, even though that was done in disobedience of his directive.

“When Lai Mohammed came I said he shouldn’t, he insisted, he disobeyed me. He said he was going to remind Nigerians where we find ourselves when we came in as a government, where we are now and what we have done with the resources available to us.

“And I understand he did a good job because a number of people rang me and said Lai Mohammed has done a good job,” Buhari said.

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had accused the Federal Government of plotting to silence him by using false witnesses to indict and possibly arrest him.

Chief Obasanjo, an ally-turned critic of President Buhari, made the allegations against the government in a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

Obasanjo Accuses FG Of Plot To Silence Him

The former President based his statement on information received from highly-placed security sources who alleged that his name is on a watch list and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.

“The operatives are daily perfecting how to curtail the personal liberties of the former President and hang a crime on him,” the statement added.

But Mr Mohammed rejected the allegations, describing them as frivolous and aimed at distracting the government.

Although the minister does not think there is any merit to the former President’s claim, he stressed that the Buhari administration was to busy fixing the country to consider the idea of framing anyone.

”This administration will never engage in a frame-up of innocent citizens. That is neither in the character of President Muhammadu Buhari nor in that of his administration,” a statement by the Special Adviser to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, read in part.

Only The Guilty Should Be Afraid, FG Replies Obasanjo

President Buhari observed that the response by the minister was professional and reminded Nigerians of the state of the nation in 2015 when he came to power.

He believes it also captured the progress made since then and the ongoing efforts to strengthen the economy and better the lot of Nigerians.

Obasanjo Raises Alarm Over FG’s Alleged Plot To Arrest Him

Obasanjo Denies Supporting Buhari’s Re-Election Bid

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the Federal Government is planning to have him indicted and silence him.

According to a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Friday, the plot against the former President followed the statement he issued in January blasting the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The former President, who is a retired general, based his alarm on informants, “many of who are in the top echelon of the nation’s security management and close to the corridors of power”.

He said, “‘The content of the alleged beastly designs, it was learnt are two-fold for now. One, to seize his International Passport and clamp him into detention indefinitely, in order to prevent him from further expressing angst on the pervasive mediocrity in the quality of governance, economic management and in the protection of lives and property by the Government.

“But, since that could expose the Government to a swath of international condemnation, embarrassment and outrage, it is said that another plot being hatched is to cause the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to re-open investigation into the activities of Chief Obasanjo’s administration using false witnesses and documents. This will be a re-enactment of the Abacha era in which Chief Obasanjo was one of the principal victims.”

Read the full statement here.

Obasanjo who supported Buhari as he swept to power in 2015 has since then repeatedly criticised the President’s performance in office and advised him against seeking re-election.

Obasanjo Blasts Buhari, Warns Him Against Seeking Re-Election

”Since Chief Olusegun Obasanjo declared in his State-of-the-Nation Special Statement on January 23, 2018, the desperation to frustrate, intimidate and blackmail him into abandoning his divine mandate to protect the rights of the people to better life and living continued unabated and has even taken a bizarre dimension,” the fresh statement on Friday read in part.

”Impeccable security sources have alleged Chief Obasanjo’s name is on their Watch List and that the security of his life cannot be guaranteed.”

He added, “The operatives are daily perfecting how to curtail the personal liberties of the former President and hang a crime on him,” the statement added.

Late in April, Chief Obasanjo admitted that there was the possibility that his critical view about the Federal Government might lead to an attempt to suppress his views.

Regardless, he vowed that he would not bow to pressure.

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The former president would have preferred to ignore the alleged plot by the Federal Government, but recent developments in the country and the credibility of the informants led him to speak out.

”Ordinarily, we would not have dignified these reports with a response but for the fact that many of these informants are not known for flippant and frivolous talks,” the statement explained.

“Secondly, this Government has demonstrably exhibited apathy, and in some cases, encouraged by its conduct, daily loss of lives and property in many States of the country, the office cannot be indifferent.”

‘Worrisome Dimension’

Recent developments in the country have created an atmosphere of fear as far as Obasanjo is concerned.

”We are currently in a nation where the Number Three citizen is currently being harangued and the Number Four citizen is facing similar threat within the same Government they serve,” he said.

“There is a groundswell of our nationals that live in fear that they could be hounded, harassed, maimed or even killed as the battle for 2019 takes this worrisome dimension.

Since the breakdown of the relationship between President Buhari and Obasanjo, the Federal Government and the Presidency have had to react to criticism from the former President, first in January.

On May 22, President Buhari came up with his own attack on his former ally when he accused Obasanjo of spending $16 billion on power projects with no results.

‘Where Is The Power?’ Buhari Blasts Ex-President

The President’s comments about spending on power projects under the Obasanjo administration had led to calls for a probe of the expenditure.

Obasanjo, who denied spending that amount on power as president, said the matter had already been investigated.

Based on reports from his informants, the former President does not expect any fair or transparent investigation into his administration.

”The same EFCC that had conducted a clinical investigation on the activities of Obasanjo in and out of Government, it was said, would now be made to stand down the existing report that gave Chief Obasanjo a clean bill of health on the probes,” said.

Thereafter, he suspects the anti-graft agency would “get him indicted, fair or foul for possible prosecution and persecution like it is being done to real and perceived opponents, enemies and critics of this Government”.

The former President had expected that things would be handled differently in a democracy.

“Dissent is a fundamental principle on which liberal democracy is predicated. A true democrat must be ready to live with and accommodate dissent and opposition,” he said.

Despite his concerns, Obasanjo is optimistic that efforts to suppress opposing voices would fail and he is willing to face another probe.

”While it is regrettable how the Government has sunk in its shameless desperation to cow opposition, a resort to blackmail, despotism and Gestapo-tactics being employed by the goons of this Government would not hold water.  And no government ever remains in power forever,” the statement said.

 

 

Obasanjo Replies Buhari, Denies Spending $16bn On Power

Obasanjo Rates Buhari's Govt As 'Ineffective And Incompetent'
Former President Obasanjo and President Buhari

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that a past administration spent more than $15bn on power projects, with no power to show.

President Buhari made the claim on Tuesday while addressing members of the Buhari Support Organisation, led by the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, who visited him at the State House.

“One of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than 15 billion American dollars, on power,” the President said.

“Where is the power? Where is the power? And now we have to pay the debts.”

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Although President Muhammadu Buhari did not directly mention the name of the former President he was talking about, the Obasanjo administration has been repeatedly accused of spending up to $16bn on power with little to show for it.

The former President also believes the criticism was targeted at his administration and reacted to it in a statement a few hours after President Buhari’s comments were published.

In the statement signed by Mr Akin Osuntokun, Director of Strategic Communications of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, which he founded, Obasanjo accused President Buhari of playing politics with statistics.

The former President said the comments by the President “once again” demonstrated that the President was incompetent.

“Is it not beneath the dignity of the exalted office he holds to join the chorus of beer parlour gossips?” he asked.

“How can a president who has all the information at his beck and call degenerate to this level?”

According to the former President, the claim that his administration spent $16bn on power was the result of propaganda aimed at demarketing him.

The statement read in part, “A presidential panel headed by the then VP Goodluck Jonathan set up by the Umaru Yar’Adua government put a lie to this after the same administration had sacked one Engr F. Somolu the then Secretary of NIPP who first drew attention to the lie: that $16 had been spent on power project.

“The Panel made up of so many actors including CBN officials then found out that only $3.7 billion was disbursed out of the $10 billion budgeted and the balance was kept in an escrow account at the CBN.

“The CBN confirmed this to the panel and it was published…It was then found out that Tanimu Yakubu then Economic Adviser to President Yar’Adua began the propaganda against former President Obasanjo and Engr. Somolu then with Yar’Adua wrote a secret memo inside the statehouse to correct the wrong notion about $10 billion.”

 

Obasanjo and Buhari have had a long history dating back to their days in the Army with Buhari serving as Minister of Petroleum when Obasanjo was head of state.

The former President also supported President Buhari in the 2015 presidential elections and visited the President more than once in the Presidential Villa in during the first two years of his administration.

But the relationship between both men gradually turned sour and took a turn for the worse in January this year when Obasanjo released a long statement criticising the President and warning him against seeking re-election.

 

 

APC Congratulates Obasanjo At 81

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the occasion of his 81st birthday.

In a statement by the APC through their National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, “Our party joins family, friends, well-wishers and associates in celebrating the retired general who has emerged as a bastion of democracy, good governance and development in Nigeria and beyond.

“Chief Obasanjo has inspired a generation of Nigerians notably in the area of entrepreneurship, leadership and education, especially through his non-profit initiatives, the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) and the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

“His legacy as President has continued to inspire good governance on the continent even after so many years and he remains an influential voice in different facets of our national life. As a true Nigerian patriot and statesman, Chief Obasanjo has over the years built solid bridges across political divides in the country, on the African continent and the world at large.

“Our prayer is that Chief Obasanjo continues to age in health and wisdom as he contributes to the unending task of nation-building”.

Appointment Of Security Chiefs Violates Federal Character Principle, Says Obasanjo

Appointment Of Security Chiefs Violates Federal Character Principles, Says Obasanjo
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the appointment of Nigeria’s service chiefs is not in line with the Federal Character principle as provided by the Constitution.

The former President who said this on Thursday at an even in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, noted that appointment into major offices must be fairly distributed across the country.

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“The Federal Character principle, as espoused in our Constitution, was to guide the leadership to search for competent holders of major offices to be distributed within the entire nation,” he said.

According to Obasanjo, the essence is also to “avoid the concentration in a few ethnic hands or geographical places, as we currently have in the leadership of our security apparatus.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had been criticised over alleged lopsidedness in his appointments which some claimed mostly favoured the northerners.

The Presidency swiftly responded in a statement, saying: “It is, indeed, false for anyone to say that President Buhari’s appointments are lopsided. From all records, majority of the President’s appointees across different portfolios are not from the North.”

But former President Obasanjo had also criticised President Buhari’s government and called for a movement which he said would help to save Nigeria from its challenges.

One week after he made the call in a statement, a group – the Coalition for Nigeria Movement – launch on Wednesday in Abuja.

The former President, who also registered as a member of the movement on Thursday, said adequate attention was not being given to nation building.

 

Former President Obasanjo speaks after registering as a member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement

He pointed out nation building as one of the important areas in the country that should be given priority with improved attention.

“We seem to have taken nation building for granted. Nation building must be given continued attention to give every citizen a feeling of belonging and a stake in his or her country,” he said.

Addressing members of the group, Obasanjo said it must be the new vehicle to give hope to the youths, dignity, and encouragement to women, as well as security, confidence, and a promising future to all Nigerians.

“It must work to bring about a new democratic and efficient Nigeria. The movement must speak up boldly and bluntly about the truth, but politely in accordance with African culture,” he said.

The former President stressed further that the movement would act collectively with political awareness, social responsibility, as well as sustained and sustainable economic development and progress.

He, however, warned members that timidity and cowardice must not be part of the group’s culture, and neither must there be indifference.

Obasanjo then called for support to build a new Nigeria that is “unshackled, united, dynamic, strong, secure, cohesive, stable, and prosperous at home and respected outside and as result, is able to play decisive role assertively within the comity of nations.”

Obasanjo Registers As Member Of Coalition For Nigeria Movement

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has formally registered as a member of the Coalition For Nigeria Movement, the group he called for to help Nigeria overcome the myriad of challenges it is facing.

The former President registered as a member of the coalition in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Thursday, a day after the new movement was launched in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Obasanjo had called for the movement in his lengthy statement criticising the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.

He had also advised the President against seeking reelection despite calls by his supporters to do so.

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For Obasanjo, who likened the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party to “two evils”, the only way out for the country is a new movement.

His absence at Wednesday’s launch of the coalition in Abuja had led to questions about his involvement with the group.

But his registration as a member of the group on Thursday has put an end to speculations about whether he would be part of the movement.

“We need a Coalition for Nigeria, CN. Such a Movement at this juncture needs not be a political party but one to which all well-meaning Nigerians can belong. That Movement must be a coalition for democracy, good governance, social and economic well-being and progress,” Obasanjo had written in his explosive statement.

“Coalition to salvage and redeem our country. You can count me with such a Movement. Last time, we asked, prayed and worked for change and God granted our request. This time, we must ask, pray and work for change with unity, security and progress.”

A former PDP governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola said at the launch of the new movement that it was not a political party.

Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State, is not the only former PDP governor in the coalition. Former Cross River State Governor, Mr Donald Duke, also attended the launch.

Membership of the coalition is open to all Nigerians above 18 years old, according to a member of its steering committee, Mr Omoruyi Edogiawerie.

“What resonates between you and I, is the fact that we want a better nation. Our nation needs to be shored up by we the people,” Edogiawerie said on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily.