Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of Nigeria has said that the country is stewing bitterness and sadness as the Federal Government has failed to solve Nigeria’s socio-economic and political challenges.
Obasanjo made the comments on Thursday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, where he was presented with a book titled “The Man, The General, and The President,” written by Femmy Carrena.
Obasanjo said, “My prayer is that all of us will have something to contribute to making this country what God has created it to be – a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Right now, it is a land flowing with bitterness and sadness, that is not what God wants this country to be.
“We must change the narrative, we must talk to ourselves in the civilized language.
“There is nowhere you go in this country that you will not see geniuses in any section of the country. So, why should we look down on ourselves?”
Obasanjo further listed the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; African Development Bank President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina; Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed among others, as prominent Nigerians, who he said are excelling outside the country.
“We have great Nigerians. Why do Nigerians bloom outside Nigeria? As at today, we have five Nigerians directly running international organisations and running them very well, and one or two at the number two-level.
The former President said had those people remained in Nigeria, “if you hear of them at all, we would have shackled them”, thereby making it impossible for them to perform as they do outside the nation.