2023: Obasanjo Asks Religious Leaders Not To Let Politicians Wreck Nigeria

CAN President, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta on September 28, 2022.
CAN President, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh (2nd left) met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo (3rd left) in Abeokuta on September 28, 2022.

 

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has warned religious leaders in the country not to allow politicians with no fear of God to wreck Nigeria.

He declared that if such is allowed to happen, the entire country would regret it.

Obasanjo made the request when the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, His Eminence, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh paid him a courtesy visit at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Penthouse residence in Abeokuta.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former President requested that Nigeria politicians could be made more responsible by the country’s religious leaders.

Obasanjo who commended the CAN President for his glowing remark on him, said the Sultan of Sokoto had spoken about Okoh to him about his personality, “and, I must say, I am impressed. With you and Sultan (who is already singing your praises) you can both make a turn-around; you can work together,” Obasanjo was quoted to have said.

“If you stand on the truth, you stand for justice and equity, it is then the politicians will not be able to mess us around and I will say it with all sense of responsibility now, if we do not watch it, the politicians will wreck this country and we all regret it.

“And where can we look for salvation, that is where you religious leaders have a significant role to play. I think its the mistake of the past (particularly in the Christendom), that we say politics is not for the righteous. Now, if we take the righteous away from politics, and we leave politics to the unrighteous, the unrighteous will smear the righteous with the unrighteousness that they will carry into politics and will have no where to go.

“And in the next election, if we do not watch it, it may make or break Nigeria. And I pray that it will make Nigeria.”

He further said that for having both Sultan of Sokoto and the CAN leader already on same page, “may be our politicians will listen, and if our politicians don’t listen, may be our people will listen,” Obasanjo said.

The visiting religious leader had earlier commended the former President for his roles in turning around the Christian faith in the country, asserting that he has made valid contributions to Christianity in Nigeria.

According to him, “in 1976, he started with the establishment of this association, the CAN and in September 1999, he formed the Inter Religious Faith Council 1999. On the political sector, you set up the National Political Reform Conference, which I am privilege to be a delegate, representing the Christian faith. These were the few I could remember as I was planning for this visit.

“Baba, you have played important roles in the political history of Nigeria and Africa, particularly your current role in the Horn of Africa, where the task is to ensure peace in the region. These are no doubt, valid contributions to Christianity.”

On Obasanjo’s request, Okoh hinted that it was among the resolutions reached at the Inter Religious Council meeting held in Lagos recently.

He said the Council had resolved “not to leave the political space to the politicians, that the religious leaders must get involved, not to be partisan, but, must give leadership to make sure that the values of our religion are brought to the space to help us to live in peace and work for the unity of the nation, including fighting for justice. We are committed to the call Baba made.

The CAN President said he was excited by the visit, “and I can see it, that it is coming from his heart. He has the passion and definitely we are not going to take it for granted,” Okoh said.

On the CAN President’s entourage was the CAN Asst General Secretary, Apostle Abiodun Sanyaolu, South West Chairman, His Grace, Elder Adeaga, Lagos and Ogun States CAN Chairmen, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya (who also represented Bishop Francis Wale Oke) and Bishop S.T Adegbite.

They also included Ven. Emmanuel Alamajo, Ven. Emmanuel Nnana, Ven. Joseph and Personal Assistant Dr. Victor Isoke.

Meeting With Tinubu ‘More Brotherly Than Political’ – Obasanjo

APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, meets with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State on August 17, 2022.

 

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday sought to clear the air on why he met recently with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi, the ex-President expressed dissatisfaction with unauthorized reports of what he discussed with Tinubu in private.

He said the discussion during the visit was “more brotherly than political”.

Obasanjo said Tinubu requested that either side should not make a public statement on what was discussed in the meeting.

“Those claiming to be insiders at the meeting issuing statement on the discussion and those crediting to me statement I had not made are enemies of the visitor and are not doing the visit any good”, Obasanjo said.

Tambuwal Holds Closed-Door Meeting With Obasanjo In Abeokuta

A photo taken on July 31, 2022, shows former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Aminu Tambuwal with others at the OOPL in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

 

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in what was described as a national issues meeting.

A Special Assistant to the former president on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The meeting, he stated, took place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence of the former Nigerian leader in Abeokuta.

He, however, said the discussions between former President Obasanjo and Governor Tambuwal held behind closed doors.

According to Akinyemi, the governor arrived at the residence of the elder statesman along with some of his key aides at about 1:30 pm.

The thereafter went straight into the meeting with the former president while the duo came out at about 2:40 pm.

At the end of the meeting, Akinyemi said, Governor Tambuwal briefly hinted that the discussions bordered on national issues.

He later took his launch with his entourage and headed for the mosque inside the elder statesman’s presidential library to observe salat (prayers) before leaving the complex.

Read the full statement issued by the former president’s spokesman below:

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal on Sunday, visited former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in what was described as a national issues meeting.

The meeting held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence of the former President was however held behind closed doors.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Tambuwal arrived at about 1.30pm with some of his key aides and he went straight into the meeting with the former President.

The duo came out at about 2.40pm and briefly he hinted that the meeting was on national issues.

He later took his launch with his entourage and headed for the mosque inside OOPL to observe salat (prayers) before leaving the complex.

Kehinde Akinyemi

Special Assistant on Media

July 31, 2022

Obasanjo Rides Tricycle, Picks Passengers In Abeokuta

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is seen riding a tricycle in Abeokuta on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday surprised residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital as he rode a tricycle across some major parts of the town, taking some passengers along for the ride.

Chief Obasanjo took off from the Moshood Abiola Way, a stone’s throw to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega station.

Dressed in white native attire and wearing a fez cap, the former President was also spotted picking up passengers randomly from the take-off point towards the end of the popular Kuto Market in the town, a development that attracted a number of residents who were excited to see him on the move. Many passengers were eager to ride with him.

The move was part of activities to mark his 85th anniversary. He turned 85 in March but has continued to engage in activities to celebrate the milestone.

He donated 85 tricycles to young people across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory last month, as part of the activities.

At the event tagged “OBJ @85”, free tricycles were presented through the Youth Development Centre of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

He challenged Nigerian youths not to abandon the country to those who are currently messing it up, adding that despite the many challenges confronting Nigeria, there are opportunities for them to take advantage of.

The ex-President urged young Nigerians to roll up their sleeves and make needed contributions towards addressing the challenges of the nation, admitting that though there are challenges they should not leave things to those who are messing it up.

“The first thing we want to prove is that there are opportunities galore in this country,” he said. “ Yes, things are not what they should be, but you, as youths, individually and collectively, must make up your mind, make contributions in order to make things the way they should be.”

“If you leave things to those who are messing it up for you and who are saying you are the leaders of tomorrow, you will never have that tomorrow. Today is your day. Then the third point is; that yes, sometime you may get people who would help you, and times you may not even get who would help you.

“You must remember God has given you innate ability to be what He wants you to be and if you make up your mind on what you want to be, God will help you and He would provide those people who would help you to reach the sky which should be your limit.”

PDP Tackles Obasanjo Over Comments On Choice Of Deputy In 1999

A photo combination of Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar
A photo combination of Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar

 

The Peoples Democratic Party has tackled former President Olusegun Obasanjo over comments that he made mistake when he picked his Vice President in 1999.

Obasanjo had over the weekend said he made a mistake in the choice of his number two ahead of the 1999 presidential election.

He was elected as President in 1999 along with the current PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as his vice-president.

The former President, who did not mention Atiku in his statement, said it was a mistake he made in good faith, but was saved by God.

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But the PDP is not taking Obasanjo’s comment lightly, and has threatened to expose the character of the former President should he fail to clarify his statement within 48 hours.

Adressing a news conference in Kaduna on Monday, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustee, Senator Walid Jibril said although the party has great respect for the former President, it would be disappointing if the statement credited to him, turned out to be true.

He further accused Obasanjo of being angry with Atiku Abubakar for truncating his third term agenda despite the latter’s contribution to the Obasanjo administration.

“I wish to appeal to former President Obasanjo to come out openly to repeat what he has said,” Jibril said. “Whether or not he was misquoted or meant what was credited to him.

“Although he has not debunked what was reported, one can assume that what was quoted to have been said by him is correct, but if he fails to openly come out and say which is correct in 48 hours, you will hear the bombardment and I will have no option but to break the egg and tell the whole world and Nigerians who is Obasanjo.

“There is no doubt Obasanjo may still be angry with Atiku even after helping him to succeed but perhaps for truncating his third term agenda. In any case, Alhaji Abubakar Atuku is our presidential candidate and I can tell you for sure that he will be the President in 2023 insha Allah.”

On the the outcome of the Presidential primaries and subsequent picking of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate of Atiku which may have angered Governor Nyesom Wike, the BoT Chairman disclosed that a high powered reconciliatory committee is soon to be constituted to meet Governor Wike and appeal to him.

”Governor Wike is a great party man who fought for the party, when the committee is constituted, in which we will also bring other contestants together, we will go and meet with Governor Wike and appeal to him even if it means kneeling down to beg him,” he said.

Picking A Vice President In 1999 Was A Mistake – Obasanjo

 

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said picking a running mate in the 1999 presidential election was a mistake.

He made the comment while speaking in Abeokuta at a leadership and entrpreneurship mentoring session with selected school students.

Obasanjo, who won the 1999 and 2003 presidential elections, ran alongside Atiku Abubakar.

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Mr Abubakar is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections.

“I don’t say I don’t make mistakes – I made many of them,” Obasanjo said.

“But one thing that has happened to me is that God has never disappointed me. And that is very important.

“For instance, one of the mistakes I made was picking a number two when I was going to become President.

“But because it is a genuine mistake, God saved me out of it.”

Mr Obasanjo, a retired general, also said many people thought joining the army was a mistake.

“Or when Abacha wanted to arrest me, the American ambassador said that they will arrest me and that America has asked I should be given asylum,” he said. “I said no, I will come home.

“It could have been a mistake because I could have lost my life.

“So many things I could have seen as mistakes, but God saved me from them all.”

I Have No Apology For Being ‘Mad About Nigeria’ – Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said he is “mad” about Nigeria and he has no apology for being passionate about Africa’s most populous nation.

He stated this while playing host to presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Muhammed Hayatudeen, at his presidential library home in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

“Passion means madness; that you are mad about Nigeria. I am and I have no apology for that because I have no other country I can call my own,” Obasanjo said.

“I have no other country I can go to and say that ‘Yes, I have come to live here’. Passion means being mad about Nigeria; having a touch of madness.”

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo speaks while receiving PDP presidential aspirantMuhammed Hayatudeen, at his presidential library home in Abeokuta on May 19, 2022.

 

The ex-president also spoke on four factors responsible for the low level of socioeconomic and political development of the country despite different opportunities that have presented themselves for real development.

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He said lack of passion, vision, innovation, and knowledge have largely responsible for the low level of development.

On insecurity, Obasanjo maintained that Nigeria can overcome its numerous challenges with the right leader who would be willing to make tough decisions.

This is even as he called on all Nigerians to be ready to make sacrifices to put the country back on the right path.

He added, “It is an agonising situation for you, obviously, and also for me. I want to emphasise the point that the Nigerian situation, as bad as it is, will only be put right by Nigerians at the forefront of our situation. So, Nigerians have to brace themselves up to do what needs to be done to put Nigeria back on the right path.

“And you are right in saying that, wherever you go now, one of the things you hear is that Nigeria is not on the table, but why shouldn’t Nigeria be on the table? What does it cost Nigeria to be on the table?

“I will say four things, of which I was reminded this morning. One is knowledge. If Nigeria is not at the table, maybe the knowledge that we should have of ourselves, of our situation, of our continent, and indeed of the world is not that adequate, if that knowledge is adequate, we will do what is right, when it is right and how it is right.

“The second is vision, what is the vision that we have? And if you have no vision, you may have eyes, but you are blind. And I believe that is part of our situation.”

In his remarks, Hayatudeen said that even as a military Head of State, former President Olusegun Obasanjo brought about many policy reforms that transformed the nation.

He said he was grateful to the former leader for playing host to him and his entourage.

Oba Adeyemi, A Symbol Of Nigeria’s Epic Struggle – Obasanjo

Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, aged 83, died on April 22, 2022.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has mourned the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who he described as a symbol of Nigeria’s epic struggle for self-discovery and self-actualisation.

He paid tributes to the late traditional ruler on Saturday in his letter of condolence to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Obasanjo, who is presently in Ethiopia, condoled with the governor, the family of Oba Adeyemi, and the entire people of Oyo on the transition.

He stated that the late highly revered monarch was a patriotic and respected traditional ruler who had immeasurable love for his people and great faith in a united Nigeria.

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“He (Alaafin) stood out as a voice of forthrightness in national affairs, and he was as well a fervent promoter of mutual tolerance and understanding, not only among the diverse people who live in his domain but also across the country,” the elder statesman was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

According to him, it was during Oba Adeyemi’s reign that Oyo town got transformed into the modern city that it has become and his contribution to nation-building was also acknowledged in the conferment of the esteemed national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, on him and other honorary degrees that he received from Nigerian and outside educational institutions.

Read the letter to Governor Makinde below:

April 23, 2022

His Excellency,

Engr. Seyi Makinde,

Governor of Oyo State,

Government House,

Ibadan.

LETTER OF CONDOLENCE

On behalf of my family and on my own behalf, I write to convey our heartfelt condolences to you, to the good people of Oyo State and to the entire family of the late Alaafin, on the transition of His Royal Highness Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, CFR, Alaafin of Oyo, at the age of 83.

I note, with delight, Oba Adeyemi’s immense contributions to peace, community development and growth and national development, especially since his ascension to the revered throne of Alaafin of Oyo, nearly 52 years ago. As a patriotic and highly respected traditional ruler who had immeasurable love for his people and great faith in a united Nigeria, he stood out as a voice of forthrightness in national affairs, and he was as well a fervent promoter of mutual tolerance and understanding not only among the diverse people who live in his domain but also across the country.

It is well acknowledged that it was during his reign that Oyo Town got transformed to the modern city that it has become today and not surprisingly, his contribution to nation-building was also acknowledged in the conferment of the esteemed national honour of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, on him and other honorary degrees that he received from some Nigerian and outside educational institutions.

Like most great leaders, Alaafin was all things to all people. To his family, he was a tower of strength and a committed provider; to his community of Oyo land, he was an early model in national leadership; to his Yoruba kinsmen, he was a worthy Ambassador; and to the rest of Nigeria, he was a symbol of a nation’s epic struggle in self-discovery and self-actualisation.

Although Oba Adeyemi’s passage is like a dream, especially as he left us at a crucial state in our nation’s history when his wise counsel and rich experience are greatly needed, I would urge you and all the members of his immediate and extended family to take solace in the worthy legacy and his mark on the history of this country he left behind.  In fact, we ought to give gratitude to God for his worthy life.

May God grant his family, the good people of Oyo land and the entire Oyo State the grace to bear the heavy loss of his death. May the soul of the dear departed rest in perfect peace.

State Policing: Obasanjo Did Nothing When He Had The Opportunity, Says Adesina

 

Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has taken a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo over what he believes to be the poor handling of the security challenges of the country under his administration.

On Wednesday, the former President had suggested that amid growing insecurity in the country, the creation of state police would be a better option than community policing.

Obasanjo made the suggestion when the leadership of the National Association of Ex-local government chairmen in Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta.

 

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina by Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV.

 

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But Adesina criticized Obasanjo, insisting that when he had the opportunity to restructure the security architecture of the country, he failed to do so.

“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has a right to hold a different opinion from what he held in the past but I recall that under him, restructuring of the federation was a key issue that Afenifere fought for, and then there was the issue of state police which also resonated loudly under him but he didn’t do anything in eight years. Like I said, he has a right to change his mind now but it doesn’t change the fact that he had the opportunity to do something about it and did not”.

When asked of the major obstacle of President Buhari’s execution of the restructuring, Adesina explained that the executive is not the custodian of political will.

Over the years, many have called for restructuring, with a firm belief that it is a viable solution to the myriad of challenges the country is facing.

One of those who have made that call is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Afe Babalola.

On Monday he called for an Interim National Government after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure that would pave way for a new constitution for the country.

But reacting to this, Adesina, said: “to the best of my unlearned knowledge, it is not in our cConstitution for an interim government to be set up”.

Insecurity: State Police Now A Better Option – Obasanjo

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

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that amid growing insecurity in the country, the creation of state police would be a better option than community policing.

Obasanjo made this disclosure when the leadership of the National Association of Ex-local government chairmen in Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

A statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi hinted the visit was led by the pioneer National chairman, Hon. Albert Asipa, the Ogun State chapter Chairman, Rt. Hon. Shoyemi Coker, Hon. Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju (Delta State) (Chairman BOT) and the traditional ruler of Odogbolu, His Royal Highness, Oba (Dr) Toye Mojeed Alatise, Gbegande of Ososa, a former chairman of Ijebu Ode local government area of Ogun State among others.

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Obasanjo, who commended the initiative behind the formation of the body, said that the development clearly showed that some local chairmen in the country were better than even the top elected leaders.

The former President while responding to one of the speakers, Chinwe Monu-Olarewaju’s submission on creation of community police to curb the wave of insecurity quipped that the idea needed to be changed.

“Our situation in Nigeria concerns everyone, particularly, the case of terrorism. The case has gotten over the issue of community police. It is now State police. It is from that State Police that we can now be talking about community police,” he said.

He also spoke on the need to strengthen the traditional system and the local government administration, “which I prepared during the popular Murtala/Obasanjo administration, because I believe that there is need to enable that tier of government to work truly as a local governmen. They have their own Executive, Judiciary and Legislature.

“They were working and they were very visible, building and managing roads, looking into education, health, local administration, agriculture, but they were all gone,” Obasanjo said.

He said that the experience the former chairmen had in local government administration was enough to aspire for higher posts, stressing that some of them have the competence, ability and integrity to get to these posts.

Obasanjo, who was presented with a letter of a life patron, assured that he would look into their request, assuring further that he would be available on request for their needs at all times.

Ashipa had earlier told the former President why they decided to come together in all the 774 local governments in the country, declaring, “we can also contribute to the economy and political developments of the country.

“And realising your position as father of local government in Nigeria, we need you to actualize our goals, hence this all important visit. And to come and say happy 85th birthday celebrations. ”

Others present were Hon. Abayomi Tella (National Organising Secretary), Hon. Garba Fatai Adeniyi (National Auditor), Hon. Ayantoye Adekunle ( State Chairman, Osun State), Hon Tajudeen Oke (State Chairman, Oyo State), Hon. Akinwunmi Sowore (State Chairman, Ondo State), Hon Ogidi Akindele (State Chairman, Ekiti State) and Hon Nicholas Akinbiola ( Ondo State).

They also include, Hon. Adeniyi Fasanmi ( National Asst Fin Secretary), Hon Isikilu Makinde (Ogun State), Hon Gafar Balogun (Ogun State), Hon. Yayaya Olodeoku (Chairman, OGBC) and Hon. Tajudeen Salako (State Secretary, Ogun State).

Nigerians Are Not Safe On Trains, Roads And At Airports, Obasanjo Laments

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented that the security challenges in the country are becoming more overwhelming as Nigerians are no longer safe on roads, in trains or at airports.

“A situation where we are not safe on the roads, in the train, we are not safe at the airport then what is remaining?” he asked.

The former President said this at his presidential library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, when he received a PDP presidential aspirant, Dr. Ugochukwu Williams over the weekend.

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His comments come days after there have been several terrorist attacks in various parts of the country, most notably Kaduna State where there was an attack on a train that led to the loss of lives.

Several others were injured, while an unspecified number of people remain missing.

The Abuja-Kaduna train is very popular as it had been considered a safer transportation option compared to the roads which were notorious for terrorist attacks.

This is, however, not the first time the train is coming under attack.

Late last year, bandits destroyed a portion of the rail tracks with explosives.

This recent attack now raises more concern among Nigerians about their safety during commute.

Days prior to the train attack, terrorists had also attacked the Kaduna International Airport.

The former president noted that the level of insecurity in the country calls for concerted efforts among citizens to reverse the trend.

“The situation we’re in, in the country today, is not a situation where one man will say yes, I have a solution. Unless we are deceiving ourselves.

“I believe we need to sit down collectively and look at the situation,” he said.

Osinbajo Meets Obasanjo In Abeokuta, Advocates For Democracy

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday harped on the need to strengthen democracy in Africa.

The duo made the call in Abeokuta during the opening session of a two-day democracy conference held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

The conference, organised by the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA), was also attended by the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma, and Professor Pat Utomi.

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Resolutions reached at the conference are expected to be passed on to the Economic Community of West African States and political leaders across West Africa.

The CoDA high-level dialogue was themed ‘West Africa: Rising to the challenge of democratic governance’.

Obasanjo, during his speech, called for a stable democratic environment to ensure development.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who gave the keynote address, commended Nigeria’s 20-year unbroken democratic journey.

He, however, bemoaned the recent coups and unconstitutional change of governments in some African countries.