“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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State of the nation:You are Nigeria’s ‘Divider-in-Chief’ – Buhari replies Obasanjo

The presidency has responded to a recent comment by former President Olusegun Obadanjo, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari turning the country into a failed state by mismanaging its ethnic diversity. Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special assistant on Media and Publicity, has accused Obasanjo of promoting a poisonous atmosphere of ethnic and religious nationalism. Shehu, in the statement on Sunday said Obasanjo, in his comments attempted to divide the nation while President Muhammadu Buhari continues to promote nation building and the unity of Nigeria. He said, “The difference is clear. From the…

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Nigeria slowly becoming a failed state – Obasanjo

…Revisit 2014 confab report, PANDEF urges Buhari Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria is slowly drifting towards a failed state mainly due to the poor management of its diversity and socio-economic development. Obasanjo spoke in Abuja Thursday at a forum of socio-political groups from there different regions of the country. He delivered a paper, ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over.’ Obasanjo said, “I do appreciate that you all feel sad and embarrassed as most of us feel as Nigerians with the situation we find ourselves in. “Today, Nigeria is…

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Obasanjo shuns NBA conference

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has during the week boycotted the 60th Virtual Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Obasanjo’s boycott of the conference with the theme, ‘Step Forward’ might not be unconnected with the controversy that trailed his inclusion as one of the speakers. The just-concluded NBA conference generated heated controversy when thousands of lawyers signed a petition for the NBA to remove Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, from the list of speakers due to his government’s failure to stop the killings in Southern Kaduna, and his…

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Kashamu: Your condolence message veiled with hypocrisy – Falana to Obasanjo

Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, says ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo did not abuse African tradition by criticising the late ex-Senator, Buruji Kashamu. But the lawyer was quick to note that Obasanjo’s message was veiled with hypocrisy, saying “it is against the African culture to aid and abet a criminal suspect in his lifetime, only to turn round to attack him in his grave.” He urged the former head of state to “stop insulting the collective intelligence of the Nigerian people.” Kashamu, a governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the…

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Ondo Gov’ship Election: PDP candidate, Jegede, seeks Obasanjo’s blessings

Eyitayo Jegede, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, has sought the support of former president Olusegun Obasanjo ahead of the October 10 poll. The former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state made this known on Saturday via Twitter. “Seeking support of the elders, the next 63 days will no doubt be decisive, we will succeed. God our help!” Jegede captioned a photo of himself with the Hilltop man and one other person. Jegede had during the PDP governorship primary in…

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