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Nigeria’s problem is leadership, says Obasanjo

Posted: Apr 3, 2015 at 10:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem –   Special Correspondent, Abeokuta


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has hinted that for the nation to move forward, the leadership must be upright.

He made this known on Thursday during a party to celebrate his 78th birthday in Abeokuta.

According to him, “once Nigeria gets the right leader, everything will fall in place.”

He further stated that if Nigeria does not get the leadership question right, the country cannot get right the questions of education, economy, security and the will to tackle corruption.

He, however, maintained that an individual in leadership position can make all difference needed to move the nation forward.

He said: “The entire West African sub-region is worried because a fraction of a population of 170 million people cannot be accommodated by any nation in the region.

“Even Great Britain does not want Nigeria to be in any form of crisis because they fear if one million Nigerians forcefully migrate to the United Kingdom, in ten years, there will be ten million Nigerians.

“Leadership is the problem of this country. We must get it right because if we don’t get it right, we cannot get anything right.

“Whether education, economy, security or the fight against corruption, we must first get the leadership question right before we can get all these things right.”

The former leader then reminded Nigerians that insurgency groups cannot be suppressed with force without dealing with the root cause of the problem, which is poverty.

“Insurgency groups will continue to emerge if the leadership of this country fails to deal with the root of the problem. You can suppress it today, but in fifteen years, it will come back because the cause has not been uprooted.”

He said he believes with the abundance of human and material resources in the country, no Nigerian should go to bed hungry.

“I agree that no Nigerian child should go to bed without food. Indeed, in my opinion, it should not be limited to children, no Nigerian should go to bed hungry given the abundance of resources found in this country.”