Rawlings Was Passionate About Peace, Security And Leadership Issues In Africa – Obasanjo

 

A Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has joined other world leaders to condole with the family and the people of Ghana on the death of her former leader and President, Jerry John Rawlings.

In a condolence letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Ado, a copy of which was made available to newsmen through his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo eulogized the former leader’s leadership qualities

“Rawlings was passionate about peace, security and leadership issues in Africa,” he said

According to Obasanjo, “President Rawlings will be missed for his exemplary leadership across Africa but particularly for his contribution to nation-building in the Republic of Ghana where he served, first as the Military Head of State of the country from 1981 to 1992 and later as a democratically-elected President from 1992-2000.

“Like many of his contemporaries too, former President Rawlings provided the much-needed leadership and direction which impacted positively on the social stability and democratic progress recorded thus far in Ghana. A quintessential patriot and courageous leader, he will be remembered for his critical role in the evolvement of modern democratic Ghana.

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“As you know, I worked very closely with our departed brother within the remaining two years of his completing his second term in office, i.e.1999-2000, and during which time I had become a democratically-elected President of Nigeria. I found in him a reliable friend, ally, and confidant. We worked together under the auspices of AU with constructive contributions at the various fora in our joint efforts at charting a new future for Africa particularly in tackling the scourge of malaria in our continent using the platform of the African Summit on Roll Back Malaria where his participation was quite active and the quality of his contributions enriched our deliberations and pointed the way forward in dealing with the disease. He was passionate about peace, security, and leadership issues in Africa.

“It must also be on record that President Rawlings played a key role in furthering the actualization of the objectives of the Africa Leadership Forum, ALF, a non-governmental organization which I founded in 1988 to develop leadership capacities in Africa in order to increase the productivity of major actors in government, parliament, business, and civil society.

Obasanjo noted that the late Ghanaian President “supported and accommodated the organisation and its staff during the period of the relocation of the organisation’s base to Ghana because Abacha wanted to have them destroyed just immediately after he got me arrested and imprisoned on a trumped-up charge of coup plotting in 1995.

“No doubt, his generous assistance to ALF and its staff makes me forever indebted to him. I can proudly say he was a true friend and brother. His works, values, and principles have had and will continue to have a great influence and impact in Africa and beyond.

“I join the Government and the good people of Ghana as well as millions of others around the world in mourning a man, who dedicated his life to the growth and development of Ghana, his country, in particular, and Africa as a whole.

“While earnestly praying for the repose of the soul of President Rawlings, I add that God Almighty should give his family, your Government and people of Ghana the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of this committed nationalist,” Obasanjo stated.

Obasanjo Congratulates Biden, Suggests Kamala Harris Has Nigerian DNA

Olusegun Obasanjo                                              Joe Biden                                        Kamala Harris

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has congratulated Mr Joe Biden on his projected victory in the United States presidential election.

He commended the former US vice-president in an open letter addressed to the 77-year-old American on Saturday.

Biden, who contested the election on the platform of the Democratic Party with Kamala Harris as his running mate, will be the 46th president of America when sworn-in into office.

In his congratulatory message, Obasanjo tasked the newly elected President to restore confidence in the role of America as the largest economy in the world which has very significant responsibility for the peace, security, stability and progress of the world.

According to him, the election is a victory of good over evil and not just for America only but for most people of the world.

The former president lamented that the majority of the people had watched helplessly as the world was being pulled down.

He also suggested that Harris, who is set to be the first African-American Vice President and the first female to hold the position, would have some Nigerian DNA in her

Read the elder statesman’s letter to Biden below:

November 7, 2020

His Excellency,

Mr. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.,

President-Elect of the United States of America,

USA.

 

MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATIONS TO U.S. PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN AND VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT KAMALA HARRIS

I join millions in the United States of America and in the rest of the world who felicitate with you, President-Elect Joe Biden, for your victory.

It is victory of good over evil and it is not victory for you and the people of America alone, but victory for most people of the world, majority of whom watch helplessly as the world that had been steadily and painstakingly built since the end of the Second World War was being pulled down.

Not that the world was perfect and equitable but it was reasonably predictable with some measure of rule of law and respect for international agreements and treaties.

President-Elect Joe Biden must restore confidence in the role of America as the largest economy in the world which has a very significant responsibility for the peace, security, stability and progress of the world.

I felicitate with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female Vice-President of the U.S. We in Africa are proud of her success.

The first African-American President of the U.S., Barrack Obama, has Kenyan DNA in him and I am reasonably sure that the first African-American female Vice President-Elect of the U.S. will have some Nigerian DNA in her as most of those taken to the Caribbean from Africa went from Nigeria of today.

Congratulations, once again, and please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.

OLUSEGUN OBASANJO.

#EndSARS Protests: Obasanjo Commended Buhari’s Speech, Says Adesina

 

Femi Adesina says former President Olusegun Obasanjo commended the speech given by President Muhammadu Buhari in reaction to the violence that ensued following the shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, said Obasanjo told Buhari at a virtual meeting of heads of states on Friday that he made points that are commendable.

Adesina revealed this in his statement titled ‘How EndSARS Protest Was Hijacked; Misdirected, President Buhari Tells Former Heads Of State’.

Many had believed that the Buhari’s speech came late and rather lacked empathy, however, the president’s spokesman quoted Obasanjo as saying, ”I commend the speech of last night. The nation had been waiting. You made points that I believe need to be commended. Peaceful demonstration is part of democratic practice. The demands of the genuine protesters were accepted, and you are working on implementation. We commend you.”

Adesina went on to state that President Buhari told the former leaders of the country at the virtual meeting that his government has accepted all the demands of the protesters and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

The spokesman said President Buhari told the former heads of state that he would not fold his arms and allow miscreants and criminals continue to perpetrate acts of hooliganism in the country.

Buhari also stated that it is unfortunate that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.

The President recounted the initial concessions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some members of the SARS.

He recalled that the youths had demanded that the squad be disbanded, and further articulated the additional demands, including: ”The immediate release of all arrested protesters.

”Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

”Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct within 10 days.

”Psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be re-deployed; and increase in Police salary.”

The President said: ”We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands.

”Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the Government to address their grievances. Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent.”

According to Adesina, President Buhari expressed concern that in the mayhem that ensued, many lives have been lost, a number of public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalized.

The presidential spokesman said his principal reiterated his pledge to Nigerians from the nationwide broadcast Thursday, affirming that his government:

”will continue to improve good governance through our democratic process including through sustained engagement.

”shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country.”

At the meeting were all living past leaders, including: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Restrain Security Forces From Using Brute Force On #EndSARS Protesters, Obasanjo Tells Buhari

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government not to use brute force to address the #EndSARS protests.

Obasanjo in a statement on Wednesday, also expressed sadness and concern over the recent violence and chaos in many parts of the country, calling for peace and dialogue.

“I particularly appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, in capacities as President of Nigeria, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, and a parent of youth like the ones who have in the last week come out in peaceful protest against police brutality and for improvement in their lives and their living conditions, to restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force as a way of ending the crisis,” the former Nigerian leader added.

 

 

“The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration. Instead, such actions only reinforce the anger and frustration of the populace and close the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution.”

“It is clear that Mr. President and his lieutenants did not exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resulting to use of force.
“It is worse that there is a denial of wrongdoing in spite of overwhelming visual evidence. Great harm has been done but it can be stopped before it completely spirals out of control”.

While admitting that the country is in a critical moment, he said President Buhari must take action before it becomes late, stressing that mature leadership is needed at this time.

“Most of the demands of the protesting youth, which Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State swiftly took to the President, are not unreasonable and can be met without anyone’s political interest or ambition being threatened,” he added.
“It is imperative that leaders at all levels, starting from Mr. President, must demonstrate meekness, humanity, and sincerity in meeting the legitimate demands of the protesters and ensuring that justice is served where it must be served. These are the most potent ways of ending this crisis now”.

According to him, “The youth too must give peace a chance while making their legitimate demands. They must be mindful of miscreants who will infiltrate their ranks and give the protests a bad name only so that trigger – happy forces will kill them.

“The destruction and looting of public and private properties will hurt all of us and set us back. The targeting of individuals and groups for attacks and reprisal attacks will only further widen our divisions, escalate the crisis, and threaten our fragile unity.”

Obasanjo Wishes To Live Beyond 100 Years

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed his wish to live beyond 100 years so as to have more opportunities to celebrate with the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakare, Jamolu II.

He said this on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital when he joined other dignitaries at the first year anniversary of the traditional ruler held in the state capital on Tuesday.

The traditional ruler received the staff of office from former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on May 21, 2019, as the 9th Agura of Gbagura in Egbaland.

He commemorated his first year anniversary with interdenominational services with Muslims and Christians, as well as commissioned a borehole for the community.

In his remarks at the interdenominational service, Obasanjo who clocked 83 this year, said he wished to be at the 20 years anniversary of the monarch.

He also wishes God takes his life after fulfilling the dream.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

“I will be here to celebrate your 20 years anniversary with you, whether I am invited or not,” the elder statesman told the traditional ruler.

He added, “By the time I also partake in celebrating your 20th anniversary with you, if God wishes, he can call me to come and meet him in heaven because I know by that time, I will be above 100 or more.”

The former president, however, advised the monarch to always ensure he propagates unity among traditional rulers in Yoruba land.

He said, “There are times that kabiyesi don’t listen to words and there are times he does listen to words.

“If we are united, there is nothing we can’t do in Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.

Carrington Offered Me Asylum In US During Abacha Regime, Obasanjo Pays Tributes

Walter C. Carrington

 

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has paid tribute to the former American Ambassador in Nigeria, Walter Carrington, recalling how the envoy offered him political asylum in the United States during the regime of General Sani Abacha in 1995.

In a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi on Tuesday, Obasanjo conveyed his condolence message to the wife of the late ambassador, Mrs Arese Carrington.

The former President stated that he, however, turned down the asylum offer, despite its tempting and assuring nature.

“He offered me political asylum by his government in the US. That was both touching and assuring, but I decided that tempting and assuring as the offer was, I would not take it. I came back and was arrested and imprisoned by Abacha,” he said.

The ex-President also praised Carrington for the role he played in easing the move to democratic rule in the country.

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According to him, the envoy was one of the responsible, mature and respected voices to take Nigeria out of the unwholesome situation it had found itself.

“Indeed, I recall, sometime in 1995, that on one of my trips to Copenhagen to attend World Social Summit as Human Development Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme, I received the most touching of the warnings, pieces of advice and offers to me from Ambassador Carrington.

“He called me in Copenhagen and told me categorically that I was going to be arrested on returning home and, therefore, advised me not to return home.

“No doubt, his generous assistance to my family, while I was a political prisoner, makes me forever indebted to him”

“When I was in prison, he was one of the few foreign Ambassadors who regularly visited my wife to encourage her and to find out how I was doing in prison. I can proudly say he was a true friend and brother,” he said.

The late ambassador died on August 11 at 92.

Following his demise, President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu among others have eulogised Carrington, describing him as a true friend of Nigeria.

COVID-19: Obasanjo Shuts Out Associates At Wife’s Mother Funeral

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo shocked many on Friday when he shut out his close associates and aides during a funeral service in Ogun State.

The aides and associates had joined him at the church for the burial of the mother of one of his wives, Mrs Bola Obasanjo in the Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Channels Television gathered that Obasanjo took the action to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols on public gatherings.

His mother-in-law, Mrs Florence Adenekan, who died on April 17 (two days before her 90th birthday), was laid to rest on Friday.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the ex-President, Kehinde Akinyemi.

Akinyemi explained that his principal took the decision at the St Peter’s Anglican Church, Diocese of Remo as the service began at about 10 am.

He noted that the former Nigerian leader stood in for his wife, who was absent at the ceremony as she was said to be in the United Kingdom and could not make it to the ceremony.

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The service was said to have been presided over by the Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos/Bishop of Remo Diocese, Rev Dr Adesina Fape.

“Shortly after the burial service, the interment took place at the Church cemetery located behind the church, with Obasanjo leading family members to pay the dust to dust rites.

“The former President later paid homage to the four traditional rulers at Ode and Isara areas of the local government.

“The monarchs include Oba Mukaila Akanbi Olabinjo (Isara), the Iraye Remo, Oba Samuel Olatunji Kalejaiye, the Eleposo Eposo Ode Remo, Oba Albert Adebose Mayungbe and the Alaye Ode, Oba (Suvr.) Adetunji Osho,” the statement partly read.

One of the kings, however, praised Obasanjo, saying the ex-President has shown “how true and respected Yoruba son he is, by visiting their domains despite coming on personal engagement to the area.

“We shall continue to learn from your wisdom. The entire people of Ode are proud and appreciate this visit.”

Abba Kyari Died In Service Of His Country – Obasanjo

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Mr Abba Kyari.

In a letter personally signed by him on Saturday, Obasanjo said he received the news with great sadness.

He, however, asked the president to take solace in the fact that Kyari died in the service of the country.

“I received the news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief of Staff, over Friday night, with great sadness, as he lost the battle against the dreadful killer disease, COVID-19.

“Abba Kyari’s death must be painful to you and to his family and friends, but you can all take solace in the fact that he died in harness, in the service of his country.

“His death must be a solemn reminder to all of us that COVID-19 requires all hands on deck soberly, cooperatively, humanly, humanely, justly, equitably, fairly, consolidatedly and comprehensively to be able to fight it successfully and to get all Nigerians back to good health and healthy economy.

“God will give you and Abba Kyari’s family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May Allah receive his soul,” the letter read.


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Backlash For Desmond Elliot, Obasanjo Sings Against COVID-19, + More Burna Boy Drama

 

This week on the Vibez we captured how top African leaders such as Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo, threw their hats in the fight ring against the COVID-19, the backlash that came upon actor Desmond Elliot over his ‘makeshift cleansing project’ and some extra drama from the self-acclaimed African Giant, Burna Boy.

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Coronavirus: Obasanjo, George Weah, Other African Leaders Feature In New Song On African Solidarity

 

Top African leaders including former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, incumbent Liberian President George Weah, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga have been featured in a new song titled ‘Alone but Altogether.’

The song, which starred Ugandan music star Bobi Wine and South African legend Robin Auld, encourages Africans to unite as the continent struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

It also starred Amuta Stone, Schalk Joubert, Lumanyano Unity Mzi, and Greg Mills.

“Different times are here; searching for the answer; don’t be a victim; be a solution; we have to persevere; all alone altogether.

“In our homes, for each other; I know we’ll find a way; in Africa,” they sang.

Ex-African leaders in the video include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Joyce Banda, Pierre Buyoga, Kgalema Motlanthe, and FW de Klerk.

Others include Ernest Bai Koroma, Hailemariam Desalegn, Moeketesi Majoro, Salous Chilima among others.

The song was produced by SABI Strategy Group.

 

 

Obasanjo Donates Former Residence For COVID-19 Isolation Centre

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday said he had donated his former residence at the Presidential Hilltop, Abeokuta, Ogun State for use as an Isolation Centre for victims of the new coronavirus disease.

Obasanjo, in a statement by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, said the 32-room facility has been handed over to the Ogun state government for immediate takeover.

According to Akinyemi’s statement, Obasanjo was concerned about the pandemic.

“And I think those who can in one way or another assist in this situation should do so,” the statement quoted the former President as saying.

The facility, located off the Presidential Boulevard, Oke Sari, Abeokuta has each of the 32 rooms ensuite, with a standby generator.

On Friday evening, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria, bringing the total to 70.

Across the world, more than 400,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and over 15,000 have died.

Buhari Celebrates Obasanjo Ahead Of 83rd Birthday

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this file photo shows former President Olusegun Obasanjo when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former President Olusegun Obasanjo ahead of his 83rd birthday.

Obasanjo who will celebrate his birthday on Thursday, March 5, 2020, was described by President Buhari as someone whose commitment to nationhood is outstanding.

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In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, President Buhari joined family members and friends to celebrate Obasanjo, while also underscoring his sacrifices for the continent.

“President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm greetings to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 83rd birthday, March 5, 2020, congratulating him for a life of courage, dedication and service to Nigeria, Africa, and humanity in general.

“President Buhari joins family members, friends and associates of the former president in celebrating the milestone, adding that Chief Obasanjo’s commitment to Nigerian nationhood remains outstanding and commendable, while also underscoring his sacrifices for the continent, including standing up for democracy in many countries,” the statement read in part.

He offered prayers to Obasanjo, saying that “the almighty God will grant him longer life, good health, and strength to keep serving the nation and the continent.”