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Obasan­jo Final­ly Reveals Who He Will Sup­port To Lead Nige­ria In 2019

For­mer Niger­ian Pres­i­dent, Oluse­gun Obasan­jo, who has pub­licly been against the Muham­madu Buhari’s led admin­is­tra­tion, has men­tioned that he will only give his sup­ports to any Niger­ian who will turn the country’s for­tune around for good.

Accord­ing to reports from Punch, he said this on Thurs­day while receiv­ing a for­mer Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Duties and Inter-Gov­ern­men­tal Affairs, Kabiru Tan­imu Tura­ki, at the Oluse­gun Obasan­jo Pres­i­den­tial Library in Abeoku­ta. Tura­ki, who is a pres­i­den­tial aspi­rant, came with a 10-man del­e­ga­tion that includ­ed a for­mer gov­er­nor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna. Obasan­jo reit­er­at­ed that he would not rest until the for­tunes of Nige­ria are “turned around for good.”

He iden­ti­fied the dearth of “qual­i­ta­tive lead­er­ship” as one of the major chal­lenges con­fronting Nige­ria, adding that men of good­will must not keep qui­et in the face of mis­rule. He then called for con­cert­ed efforts from the polit­i­cal class towards pro­vid­ing the coun­try with bet­ter lead­er­ship.

He said:

Let me say that what is hap­pen­ing here today or what you’re mak­ing to hap­pen with your del­e­ga­tion par­tic­u­lar­ly glad­dens my heart. You are firm­ing up and sta­bil­is­ing our democ­ra­cy. Democ­ra­cy is not a des­ti­na­tion but a jour­ney and there is no nation that can claim to have reached the final des­ti­na­tion. It is good for us as a nation and our democ­ra­cy. We have said a lot of things that we have iden­ti­fied about what we need to put right as a coun­try. What do we lack? Why are we not where we should be? We are so divid­ed today the way we have not been before. Peo­ple are deprived social­ly and eco­nom­i­cal­ly. But you know, I have nev­er lost hope.

He said the indi­vis­i­bil­i­ty of the coun­try remained non-nego­tiable. He also accused the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress-led admin­is­tra­tion of “incom­pe­tence” due to its “inabil­i­ty to resolve some of Nigeria’s many chal­lenges.”

While speak­ing with jour­nal­ists after the meet­ing, Tura­ki said he came to pay respect to the for­mer pres­i­dent and also to inti­mate him with his pres­i­den­tial ambi­tion in 2019.

He said:

The meet­ing has been a very fruit­ful one. We have dis­cussed open­ly, hon­est­ly and frankly about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in this coun­try and like always, Baba was of tremen­dous guid­ance to us. Baba has spo­ken in his vin­tage way of speak­ing pas­sion­ate­ly about the sit­u­a­tion in Nige­ria. We believe that our indi­vis­i­bil­i­ty as one and unit­ed nation is giv­en and it is non-nego­tiable. We feel that our uni­ty is also non-nego­tiable.”

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