Nigeria More Divided Today Than During Civil War – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the disunity in Nigeria poses danger for the future.

“When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are today,” Obasanjo said at the annual retreat of Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Obasanjo, who was Nigeria’s president from 1999 till 2007, said it will be difficult to maximize the potential of the country without internal and external partnerships.

“Partnership within our people and partnership within Africa and the rest of the world.”

The former president spoke on the theme ‘Politics; Population; Prosperity; Protection and Partnership’.

He said Nigeria’s growing population should be an asset to the country for development if there is good governance.

Obasanjo then called on leaders to provide education for citizens, housing, healthcare and more importantly employment for the people.

“The first is politics which is governance. Unless we get governance right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right. – We must provide education for them, housing, healthcare, education for them, and more importantly, employment for them.”


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