I Have No Political Candidate, I’m An Elder Statesman For Greater Nigeria Say Obasanjo
This days Obasanjo is always at the news headline for his rigorous statement, not just criticizing, but pointing out fact how the current Nigeria can have a focus and ambitious government leading the Nation to it applauding glory among nations of the world. Some may ask why is this man is always on the news headline, speaking after he was among those who brought the current President Buhari to power that has brought sufferings of masses of the Nation Nigeria. Well what I can say; “when a child sins, he hides to cover his shames, ‘but when a sensible adult sins, he made known is sins and seek forgiveness and take the right route. ” This has never been different from the case of Nigeria former President, Olusegun Obasanjo who yesterday declared that he was not planning to impose any candidate on Nigeria in 2019, saying , he remained an elder statesman with passion for greater Nigeria.
Obasanjo spoke during a courtesy visit by a youth group from Delta State, led by a governorship aspirant, Frank Ufuoma Esanubi, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
He, however, warned Nigerians against repeating “ the past mistakes, ” adding that the process and system that would produce quality leaders in the country must be right and inclusive.
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Obasanjo urged Nigerians to do things differently and “stop being foolish, ” adding that new things would be achieved if things are done differently. The former president , while insisting that the Coalition for Nigeria Movement ( CNM) would remain a socio – political movement, emphasized that he would cease to be a member of the coalition the moment it becomes partisan.
He also said the movement was aimed at galvanizing the people to appreciate their interests and power, noting that transitions that had taken place in the country since independence neglected the people at the grassroots. Obasanjo said his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, was not meant to disrespect the office of the president or embarrass him, but to articulate his views about the situations in the country and offer his candid advice.
“In the year 2015, I said I would no longer participate in partisan politics. And I still stand by my decision. Everybody, irrespective of his or her political affiliation is free to come here for advice, I will gladly do that.’’
I have no candidate, whatsoever, for any political office. I just believe that things must be done differently in Nigeria to get different result. “ If you study our transitions since the colonial era, they have all taken place without taking the people of the grassroots into consideration. So, CNM is about the people at the grassroots . It is a socio- economic movement where youth and women, especially, will be given opportunity to appreciate their interests and power. Unlike before, I believe we must put the horse before the cart . ’’