Former President Olusegun Obasanjo harps on nation-building at 85.

Written by on March 6, 2022

The Birthday Celebrant and Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday in Abeokuta that Nigeria needed to embrace and prioritise nation- building to attain greater heights.

He spoke at a symposium with the theme: “African narrative with the Nigerian Situation’’ organised to mark his 85th birthday.

Obasanjo listed the ideals of nation building to include equity, justice, common ideals, popular education, shared values, mutual respect and equality of opportunities.

He added that such leaders must be humble and be able to put a team together to work in selfless devotion and service with the fear of God.

Obasanjo advised that Nigeria must first seek to be a nation rather than a country, stressing that the cart should not be put before the horse, otherwise, Nigeria, in no time will not be a country, but countries.

Concerning the 2023 general elections, Obasanjo advised Nigerians to prioritise principles above personalities in their choice of leaders.

Seun Fakorede

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