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Nigerians of My Era Made Right Choices of Leaders – Fmr President Obasanjo

Nigerians of My Era Made Right Choices of Leaders – Fmr President Obasanjo 


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has compared the performances of Nigerian leaders before independence with what is currently obtainable and concluded that the Nigerian leaders of those days were much better.

Speaking during the National Daily Awards in Lagos at the weekend, Obasanjo said though political activities were raging like fire in those days, the Nigerians were determined and ensured that they chose the right leaders who made the right decisions for the country.


“In fact, in making choices of leaders, I will say Nigerians of post-independence make the right choices of leaders. We all know that if your choice is right, the performance and consequences will be right.”

Obasanjo, who was the keynote speaker at the occasion, recalled the opinion of world leaders about Nigeria immediately after independence.

He regretted that the country is not living up to that expectation.


“When the then Prime Minister went to the United Nations post-independence, the world referred to Nigeria as a giant in the sun, not even a giant of Africa.

“But the question is, have we lived up to that? If we have not, the question is why? Are there certain qualities that leaders in the post-independence era had that are absent in leadership today? We talk about values, have our values changed? What is Nigeria today, and what is the Nigeria we want? How do we get the Nigeria we want?”

“Over a long period of my life in peacemaking and mediation, I have come to realise that peace, security, and stability are essential ingredients for the development and growth of any country. Without justice, equity, and fairness, no country can attain greatness.

“When you look at us individually, there is something unique about Nigerians. Wherever they go, they excel individually. Today, when you look globally, Nigerians are doing great things individually. It’s time for us to unite and take the country to where it’s supposed to be.


“If we fail to do so, then our existence is useless. We need to make a difference so that we can leave behind a better society.”

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babjide Sanwo-Olu, and the Inspector General of Police (IG), Usman Alkali Baba were among the eminent Nigerians who received awards for outstanding performances.

Arise News


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