Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari. Due to the fact that we are nonetheless within the month of January, it’s far appropriate to wish all Nigerians satisfied 2018. i am restricted to trouble this special assertion presently considering the scenario of the usa. some of you may be asking, “What has brought about this unique occasion of Obasanjo issuing a special assertion?” you’ll be right to invite any such question. However there is a Yoruba pronouncing that ‘when lice abound to your clothes, your fingernails will in no way be dried of blood’. while i was in the village, to ensure that lice die, you put them between fingernails and press hard to make certain they die and that they usually leave blood stains on the fingernails. To ensure you do no longer have blood on your fingernails, you have to ensure that lice are not harboured anywhere inside your region.
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The lice of bad performance in government – poverty, lack of confidence, negative economic control, nepotism, gross dereliction of obligation, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, loss of progress and desire for the future, lack of national brotherly love and terrible control of inner political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us nowadays. With such lice of popular and specific bad performance and crying poverty with us, our hands will not be dry of ‘blood’.
4 years in the past while my PDP card changed into torn, I made it abundantly clear that I end partisan politics for aye but my situation and interest in Nigeria, Africa and certainly in humanity could not wane. Ever considering, i’ve adhered strictly to that role. When you consider that that time, i’ve dedicated high-quality time to the problem of 0 hungers as contained in purpose No. 2 of the Sustainable improvement dreams of the UN. we’ve set the goal that Nigeria with the collaborating States inside the 0 starvation forum have to attain 0 starvation intention by means of 2025 – five years earlier than the UN goal date. i am concerned in the problem of education in a few States and generally in the issue of children empowerment and employment. i’m concerned in a lot of these regionally and altruistically to offer wish and destiny to the apparently hopeless and people in despair. I consider strongly that God has endowed Nigeria so safely that no Nigerian should be both in need and in melancholy.
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I agree with in crew paintings and collaborative efforts. On the international level, we’ve got worked with other international leaders to dwelling house the apparatus for monitoring and encouraging socio-monetary development in Africa in our Presidential Library. The reason of Africa development group, which is the new call assumed by Africa development Panel (APP), is to point out wherein, whilst and what works want to be accomplished for the progress of Africa one by one and together by way of African leaders and their improvement partners. i’ve additionally gladly common the invitation of the UN Secretary-preferred to be a member of his eighteen-member high-degree Board of Advisers on Mediation. There are different assignments I take up in different flora for Africa and for the global network. For Africa to move ahead, Nigeria ought to be one of the anchor nations, if no longer the leading anchor us of a. It means that Nigeria need to be true at domestic to be accurate outside. absolute confidence, our situation within the ultimate decade or so had proven that we are not accurate enough at home; as a result we’re continuously absent at the table that we need to be overseas. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
these kinds of led me to take the uncommon step of going in opposition to my personal political birthday party, PDP, within the ultimate wellknown election to help the alternative facet. I saw that action as the great alternative for Nigeria. because it has been discovered in the final three years or so, that selection and the following collective selection of Nigerians to vote for a change changed into the right decision for the nation. For me, there was nothing non-public, it turned into all inside the exceptional hobby of Nigeria and, indeed, inside the first-rate hobby of Africa and humanity at large. Even the horse rider then, with whom I hold very cordial, glad and social dating these days has come to recognize his errors and regretted it publicly and i respect his braveness and forthrightness on this regard. He has a position to play on the facet line for the coolest of Nigeria, Africa and humanity and i will see him as a accomplice in gambling this sort of position nationally and across the world, but not as a horse rider in Nigeria once more. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
The state of affairs that made Nigerians to vote vastly to get my brother Jonathan off the horse is gambling itself out again. First, I concept I knew the point where President Buhari is susceptible and that i spoke and wrote approximately it even earlier than Nigerians voted for him and i additionally did vote for him due to the fact at that time it was a be counted of “any choice but Jonathan” (aobj). but my letter to President Jonathan titled: “before it’s far Too past due” was meant for him to behave earlier than it become too past due. He disregarded it and it became too late for him and people who goaded him into ignoring the voice of warning. I recognise that reward-singers and hired attackers can be raised up in opposition to me for verbal or maybe bodily attack but if i’m able to face up to undeserved imprisonment and turned into geared up to shed my blood with the aid of status for Nigeria, i’m able to don’t forget no sacrifice too first-rate to make for the good of Nigeria at any time. No human leader is expected to be for my part sturdy or self-sufficient in all components of governance.
I knew President Buhari earlier than he became President and stated that he’s vulnerable inside the information and understanding of the economic system however I thought that he should make use of right Nigerians in that location that might help. despite the fact that, I recognise which you cannot give what you don’t have and that economic system does not obey military order. you need to supply it what it takes in the brief-, medium- and lengthy-time period. Then, it’d flow. I know his weak point in information and playing in the foreign affairs zone and again, there are numerous Nigerians that would be utilized in that area as well. they’ve knowledge and enjoy that would be deployed for the coolest of Nigeria. There have been severe allegations of spherical-tripping in opposition to a few internal caucus of the Presidency which could appear to have been condoned. i wonder if such actions do no longer amount to corruption and financial crime, then what’s it? way of life of condonation and turning blind eye will cowl up instead of easy up. And going to justice ought to be with smooth hands. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
I idea President Buhari might combat corruption and insurgency and he have to take delivery of a few credit score for his achievement so far in those two regions even though it is not but uhuru!
The herdsmen/crop farmers issue is being wittingly or unwittingly allowed to turn sour and messy. it is no credit score to the Federal authorities that the herdsmen rampage maintains with careless abandon and without finding an powerful method to it. And it’s miles a unhappy symptom of insensitivity and callousness that some Governors, an afternoon after 73 victims were being buried in a mass grave in Benue nation without condolence, were jubilantly endorsing President Buhari for a second time period! The timing was most unfortunate. the issue of herdsmen/crop farmers dichotomy must no longer be left on the political platform of blame recreation; the Federal government need to take the lead in bringing about solution that protects lifestyles and properties of Herdsmen and crop farmers alike and for them to live amicably within the same network. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
But there are three different regions where President Buhari has pop out more glaringly than maximum folks concept we knew approximately him. One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and incapacity to carry discipline to endure on errant contributors of his nepotic courtroom. This has grave effects on overall performance of his government to the detriment of the state. it might appear that country wide hobby became being sacrificed at the altar of nepotic interest.
What does one make of a case like that of Maina: collusion, condonation, ineptitude, incompetence, dereliction of obligation or kinship and friendship at the a part of those who need to have taken visible and deterrent disciplinary motion? how many comparable cases are buried, omitted or protected up and no longer but within the glare of the media and the general public? the second is his negative know-how of the dynamics of inner politics. This has led to wittingly or unwittingly making the nation more divided and inequality has widened and grow to be extra said. It also has impact on fashionable countrywide protection. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
The 1/3 is passing the greenback. as an example, blaming the Governor of the significant bank for devaluation of the naira by way of 70% or so and blaming past governments for it, is to say the least, no longer accepting one’s own obligation. permit no person lie to us, economy feeds on politics and because our politics is miserable, our financial system is even greater miserable today. If matters were properly, President Buhari would not need to are available in. He become voted to restoration matters that had been horrific and not have interaction in the blame sport. Our charter may be very clear, one of the cardinal duties of the President is the control of the economy of which the cost of the naira bureaucracy an integral part. Kinship and friendship that place duty for governance inside the palms of the unelected can most effective be deleterious to proper authorities and to the nation. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
President Buhari’s illness called for the sympathy, expertise, prayer and staying power from every sane Nigerian. it is a part of our lifestyle. maximum Nigerians prayed for him while he changed into away ill in London for over hundred days and he gave his Deputy sufficient leeway to carry on in his absence. all of us thanked God for President Buhari for coming returned fairly hale and hearty and progressing nicely in his restoration. however something may be the kingdom of President Buhari’s fitness nowadays, he must neither over-push his success nor over-tax the staying power and tolerance of Nigerians for him, irrespective of what his self-serving, so-called advisers, who could declare that they love him extra than God loves him and that without him, there might be no Nigeria say. President Buhari desires a dignified and honourable dismount from the horse. He wishes to have time to mirror, refurbish bodily and recoup and after appropriate relaxation, over again, be part of the inventory of Nigerian leaders whose experience, have an effect on, wisdom and outreach may be deployed at the facet line for the coolest of the country. His location in history is already confident. Without impaired fitness and stress of age, walking the affairs of Nigeria is a 25/7 affair, not 24/7.
I best enchantment to brother Buhari to don’t forget a deserved rest at this factor in time and at this age. I retain to desire him robust health to experience his retirement from energetic public service. President Buhari does now not always want to heed my recommendation. but whether or not or now not he heeds it, Nigeria desires to transport on and flow forward. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
I’ve had event within the past to say that the 2 predominant political parties – APC and PDP – were wobbling. I should reiterate that not anything has passed off to persuade me in any other case. If some thing, i am reinforced in my conviction. The latest show of PDP ought to give grave and first rate subject to fanatics of Nigeria. to claim, as has been credited to the leader kingmaker of PDP, that for procuring the very best courtroom judgment for his faction of the celebration, he ought to dictate the music all of the way and this is indeed fraught with hazard. If neither APC nor PDP is a worth horse to journey to lead Nigeria at this critical and important time, what then will we do? don’t forget Farooq Kperogi, an partner Professor on the Kennesaw kingdom college, Georgia, u.s., calls it “a merciless Hobson’s desire; it’s like a choice among six and half a dozen, among evil and evil. Any selection or deflection would be a distinction without a difference.” We cannot just sit down lamenting and wringing our palms desperately and hopelessly. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
I believe the scenario we’re in nowadays is akin to what and wherein we have been in at the start of this democratic dispensation in 1999. The state was tottering. Human beings became hopeless and saw no vibrant future inside the horizon. It was all a darkish cloud politically, economically and socially. The price of oil at that time became nine dollars per barrel and we had a debt overhang of approximately $35 billion. The general public were confused with loss of path inside the u . s .. one of the factors that stored the scenario turned into a close to government of national team spirit that changed into put in place to navigate us thru the dark cloud. We had nearly all hands on deck. We used human beings at home and from the diaspora and we navigated through the darkish cloud of those days. At that time, most people have been hopelessly groping in the darkish. They noticed no desire, neither inside the left nor within the proper, and yet we had been no longer bereft of humans at home and from the diaspora that would come together to make Nigeria actually a land flowing with milk and honey. in which we are is a matter of preference but we will pick out in a different way to make a important and ideal change, all over again.
Anywhere i’m going, I listen Nigerians complaining, murmuring in affliction and anger. However our anger should not be just like the anger of the cripple. we will together store ourselves from the position we discover ourselves. it’ll no longer come thru self-pity, fruitless grievance or protest but thru positive and advantageous engagement and collective motion for the coolest of our kingdom and ourselves and our kids and their kids. We need ethical re-armament and attractive togetherness of human beings of like-thoughts and goodwill to return solidly collectively to lift Nigeria up. This is no time for trading blames or embarking on futile argument and neither ought to we accept untenable excuses for non-overall performance. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
Let us accept that the present management has executed what it can do to the restrict of its capability, aptitude and information. let the administration and its political celebration platform trust the relaxation people that what they have performed and what they’re capable of doing isn’t always properly sufficient for us. They have given as first-class as they have got and as best as they are able to give. Nigeria merits and urgently desires better than what they have got given or what we recognise they are able to giving. to ask them to give more can be unrealistic and could best sentence Nigeria to a jail term of 4 years if not break it past the possibility of an early healing and extensive increase. Einstein made it clear to us that doing the same aspect and looking ahead to a exceptional result is the peak of folly. Already, Nigerians are committing suicide for the unbearable socio-monetary situation they discover themselves in. And but Nigerians love existence. We must now not retain to boost failure and desire that each one could be properly. it is self-deceit and self-defeat and another issue of folly.
What has emerged from the competition has shown no higher promise from their antecedents. because the leader of that birthday party for 8 years as President of Nigeria, i can categorically say there’s nothing to write down domestic about in their new group. We’ve handiest one desire left to take us out of Egypt to the Promised Land. And that is the coalition of the concerned and the inclined – ready for wonderful and drastic change, progress and involvement. Change that will supply wish and destiny to all our youngsters and dignity and complete participation to all our women. Our youth should be empowered to deploy their capacity to study, innovate and paintings energetically at ideas and ideas wherein they could make their very own authentic inputs. Adolescents need to be a part of the action nowadays and not relegated to leadership of tomorrow which may by no means come. Trade in order to suggest enhancement of residing well-known and development for all. A situation in which the elected will accountably govern and every Nigerian will have same possibility now not based on kinship and friendship but based totally on unfastened citizenship. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
Democracy is continued and measured now not via leaders doing greater-ordinary things, (always, leaders fail to do everyday things thoroughly), but by way of citizens growing as much as do ordinary matters extra-typically well. Our democracy, improvement and progress at this juncture require everyday residents of Nigeria to do the greater-ordinary matters of converting the course and route of our lackluster overall performance and improvement. If management fails, residents ought to now not fail and there lies the beauty and significance of democracy. We’re challenged via the contemporary situation; we ought to neither adopt spirit of cowardice nor timidity not to mention impotence but need to be sustained by courage, willpower and dedication to say and do and to persist until we acquire upliftment for Nigeria. nothing ventured, not anything gained and we consider that our venturing will now not be in useless. God of Nigeria has endowed for us. Safely and our non-overall performance cannot be blamed on God however on leadership. God, who has given us what we want and that is doubtlessly there, will provide us leadership enablement to actualize our potentiality. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
The development and modernization of our country and society should be anchored and sustained on dynamic Nigerian tradition, enduring values and a fascinating Nigerian dream. We have to have abiding faith in our country and its position and region within the comity of countries. Today, Nigeria wishes all hands on deck. All palms of women and men of goodwill should be on deck. We want all fingers to transport our country forward.
We want a Coalition for Nigeria, CN. such a motion at this juncture wishes no longer be a political celebration however one to which all well-that means Nigerians can belong. That movement have to be a coalition for democracy, appropriate governance, social and monetary well-being and progress. Coalition to salvage and redeem our usa. you can remember me with any such movement. remaining time, we requested, prayed and worked for exchange and God granted our request. This time, we must ask, pray and paintings for change with unity, safety and development. And God will again provide us. Of route, not anything need to forestall any such motion from satisfying conditions for fielding applicants for elections. However if at any stage the motion needs to metamorphose into candidate-sponsoring motion for elections, i will bow out of the motion because i can preserve to hold my non-partisan position. Coalitions for Nigeria have to have its headquarters in Abuja.
This Coalition for Nigeria might be a movement in order to pressure Nigeria up and forward. It need to have a pleasure of place for all Nigerians, specifically for our teenagers and our ladies. it’s miles a coalition of wish for all Nigerians for quick, quality and identical development, safety, unity, prosperity and development. it’s miles a coalition to banish poverty, lack of confidence and depression. Our united states of America have to not be oblivious to concomitant danger round, out of doors and beforehand. Coalition for Nigeria should be a motion to interrupt new floor in building a united Nigeria. A socially-cohesive and reasonably rich society with fairness, equality of opportunity, justice and a dynamic and progressive economy this is self-reliant and takes lively element in international department of labour and global decision-making. Full content of Obasanjo letter to Buhari
The motion need to training session the direction of development and the trajectory of improvement in speed, high-quality and equality inside the short- medium- and lengthy-time period for Nigeria on the premise of sustainability, stability, predictability, credibility, security, cooperation and prosperity with diminishing inequality. What’s called for is love, dedication and hobby in our country, now not in self, buddies and kinship by myself but particularly love, compassion and hobby inside the negative, underprivileged and downtrodden. it is our human responsibility and obligation to be able to do. Failure to do this can quantity to a sin towards God and a criminal offense against humanity.
Some may ask, what does Obasanjo need once more? Obasanjo has wanted nothing aside from the excellent for Nigeria and Nigerians and he’s going to hold to need not anything less. And if we’ve the excellent, we can be contented whether in which we stay is described as palaces or huts via others and we can usually give thanks to God.
I, consequently, will gladly join this sort of movement whilst one is established as Coalition for Nigeria, CN, taking Nigeria to the peak God has created it to be. From now on, the Nigeria eagle ought to maintain to leap and fly high. CN, as a motion, might be new, green, transparent and have to stay clean and constantly lively, selflessly so. Contributors should be equipped to make sacrifice for the nation and pay the fee of being pioneers and correct Nigerians for us to play the God-assigned role for itself, for its neighbours, for its sub-area of West Africa, for its continent and for humanity in well-known. For me, the electricity and sustainable fulfillment of CN will derive in large part from the sturdy dedication of a populace this is continuously mobilized to the rallying platform of the truth that going forward together is our nice option for constructing a kingdom as a way to occupy its deserved vicinity in the global community. Might also God preserve to steer, guide and protect us. Amen.