Former President of Nigerian Olusegun Obasanjo has raised an alarm about economic gains the country recorded in the first decade of the century, being reversed by the government in power in the last decade. Speaking at the 50th anniversary of Federal Government College, Kaduna, he said that the economic situation in the country has increased hardship, and insecurity, and affected the quality of leadership.
Olusegun Obasanjo Says Nepotism and Tribalism Killing our Nation
The former head of state also noted that the appointments in government are now skewed and lopsided on basis of nepotism and mediocrity and disregard for merit and competence. He added that the country has been deliberately divided along religious, ethnic and other fault lines.
In Olusegun Obasanjo words, he said: “Once again, our nation is dancing on the precipice and some of us are truly worried about the state of affairs today. I expressed that worry in my open letter to Nigerians and Nigerian youths on New Year’s Day.”
“As I stated in the letter; ‘If we fall prey again, we will have ourselves to blame and no one can say how many more knocks Nigeria can take before it tips over. To be forewarned is to be fore-armed.’ Of course, I pray that Nigeria will never tip over. We must constantly work at it and pray.”
“My worry is premised on a number of issues. First, I am concerned that the current state of our nation’s economy has widened the gulf of inequality and left many people in despair. Inflation is on the rise; poverty and hardship have returned to many households. The last decade has reversed many of the economic gains that were made in the first decade of the century. There is a general sense of hopelessness across the nation with seemingly uncontrollable insecurity.”
“In addition to the economic hardship is political mischief. Never have we been so politically divided along religious, ethnic and other fault lines and deliberately so. Appointments in government are skewed and lopsided on basis of nepotism and mediocrity and disregard of merit and competence.”
“Elections are here and may compound the problem. Political parties and politicians have now been emboldened to discard some of the things that were put in place to give all groups a sense of belonging. Exclusion is being taken as normal. Disunity stares us in the face and many of our leaders are more concerned about their selfish interests than the survival and health of our nation.”
Speaking about the forthcoming election, Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigerians would have themselves to blame if they do not vote wisely. He talked about the increase of things in the market since this administration started and how hard life has been for the people.
Olusegun Obasanjo is of the opinion that this election is a decision of the future of Nigeria, so everyone should try to come out and vote and not just vote to vote for the best candidate.