2023: “I’m done with politics; not forming party”, says Obasanjo

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo says he is done with politics and he has no intention to form a new political party as reported by some media platforms. According to a statement issued by the former president yesterday, titled: ‘Obasanjo Not Forming Political Party’, signed by the ex-president’s Special Assistant on Media Affairs, Kehinde Akinyemi, his principal, who is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan.  It declared that the report was false, maintaining that there was “no plan to float a new political party now or in near future”. Obasanjo was quoted as saying,…

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Insecurity: Obasanjo promises action after closed-door meeting with Nigeria’s ex-leaders

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday said that Nigerians would start witnessing positive actions and changes amid tensions in various parts of the country. The former president said this after his closed-door meeting with former Nigerian leaders and elder statesmen in Abuja. Obasanjo, who addressed journalists at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, noted that a communiqué was not issued at the end of the meeting because the statesmen would be long on action and short on statement. He said that the outcome of the meeting would soon be communicated to President Muhammadu…

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“I’m a strong believer in one Nigeria” — but not at any cost”, Says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says though he strongly believes in the existence of Nigeria as a single nation, it should not be at any cost. Obasanjo stated this yesterday, during his investiture as a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), organised by the Ogun State chapter. The elder statesman called on those agitating for the disintegration of the country to shelve the idea and work for unity. He said it is better for Nigeria to remain as one indivisible nation, noting that “disintegration is not the solution”. “It…

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Obasanjo, Sultan, Abdulsalami convene meeting to discuss ‘pressing’ national issues 

By Aminu Imam The Interfaith Initiatives for Peace has convened a meeting to discuss “pressing issues” in the country. According to a letter addressed to the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, issued by the group, which is jointly led by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar, former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, stated that issues such as national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation, and development will be discussed at the meeting. The…

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“No amount of money, anything, can buy my conscience, support” – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decried how money-making has become the value people now cherish in the country. OBJ made his comments on Friday, during the inauguration of the Prof Abayomi Oluwatosin Jiboku Building and Entrepreneurship Centre, at the Lariken International College, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. He said that nowadays anyone who has money can buy anything but that is not with him, adding that no amount of money can buy his conscience and support for anything. According to Obasanjo, the love for money has seen people discard…

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“If Nigeria breaks up, minority groups will suffer” – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disagreed with those calling for the division of Nigeria, asking what would be the fate of minority ethnic groups in the nation. Obasanjo spoke at his Penthouse residence, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta, when he played host to members of ‘Tiv Professionals Group’, led by Prof. Zacharys Anger Gundu. According to Obasanjo, secessionists in the country have failed to take account of the fact that there are many minority groups in Nigeria. He said if the likes of Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa/Fulani ethnic…

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2023: Obasanjo backs Akinwumi Adesina over Tinubu

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is reportedly in support of a move to draft the current President of the African Development Bank, (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, into the 2023 presidential race. According to a competent source close to the former President, the move comes as Obasanjo reportedly failed to convince Governor Aminu Tambuwal, of Sokoto State and former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to work together in order to advance the political interest of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the forthcoming presidential election. Some political observers have pointed out…

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Insecurity: ‘Establish special courts for banditry’, Obasanjo, Sheikh Gumi urge FG

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the prominent northern religious leader, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, have recommended special courts to try bandits, kidnappers and carriers of unlawful weapons in Nigeria. Obasanjo and Gumi made this known in a jointly signed communique issued after they held a closed-door meeting at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday. Gumi, who led some northern religious leaders to Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, arrived around 11 am and left at 4 pm while he declined to speak with newsmen when asked the reason for his visit.…

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Saraki meets Obasanjo, Says APC can’t handle Nigeria’s problems

Former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said Nigeria’s problems shouldn’t be left to the governing All Progressives Congress, (APC) -led Federal Government alone. Saraki, who doubles as the chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, stressed the need for a bi-partisan approach to finding lasting solutions to national problems, especially in the area of security. He spoke shortly after a two-hour close-door meeting with ex- President Olusegun Obasanjo, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The former senate president said, “I…

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Banditry: ‘Wake up to your responsibilities’ — Obasanjo to Buhari

Ø  Urges youths to make it uncomfortable for old leaders to remain in govt.  Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed concern that banditry is happening in the North-West region of the country, where President Muhammadu Buhari hails from. The ex-president, who spoke on Sunday in a virtual interview with an academic and historian, Toyin Falola, asked the president to wake up and fight banditry and other sundry crimes especially in the northern part of the country. Speaking further, the ex-president said some governors are now in a state of hopelessness due…

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