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Former President of Nigeria ‘preaches’ God’s kingdom

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Obasanjo said there was no reason the nation’s heroes should not be celebrated or acknowledged.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said developments and happenings in the country at the moment do not show that the people are preparing for the Kingdom of God.

This is just as it has been revealed how his intervention helped to preserve the tomb of

the Founder of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, St. Moses Orimolade, in Ojokoro area of Lagos during the construction of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

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Obasanjo, who was the Guest of Honour during the dedication of the St. Moses Orimolade Holy Land, the Cenotaph of C&S Founder, on Saturday, noted that most people were acting as if everything starts and ends on Earth.

“The situation we have in the country today does not show we are preparing for the kingdom of God but we have to be prepared.

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There is always a day of reckoning. Christianity was brought to us and many of our people made great contributions and they are unsung heroes now. Missionaries came but we have our own missionaries and leaders and Moses Orimolade was one of them.

“It is because of the church that you and I have the assurance of salvation. Our own church leaders who paid their own prize also helped in spreading the gospel and we pray their efforts are not in vain,” he said.

Commenting on the statement by the Master of Ceremonies earlier that it was his intervention that prevented the tomb of Orimolade from been removed and the church there not pulled down as military Head of State, Obasanjo said there was no reason the nation’s heroes should not be celebrated or acknowledged.

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“When I was told the road work would affect the tomb of Baba Orimolade and even the church set up there in his memory, I agreed that the road is bent to accommodate the preservation of the tomb and the church.

“If I had insisted that the road should not be bent or the contractor insisted and I agreed, the body of Orimolade would have been exhumed and the church may not be here

The action I took in the past, I don’t know it would result in what we are witnessing today and this edifice we are dedicating being here,” he said.

In his sermon, Rev Dr Ademuyiwa Ajayi, whose sermon was titled ” Come and See, urged Christians to use every opportunity to evangelise for the Lord.

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He urged them not to be discouraged by their situations as God could use them for glorious things.

The building was donated to the church by Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi.

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‘We have a new Buhari from Sudan’ – Obasanjo’s revelation.

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He urged the president to wake up and fight banditry and other crimes especially in the northern part of the country.

Former Nigeria presient, Olusegun Obasanjo, has kicked against claims that there is “a new Buhari from Sudan” in Aso Rock.

Obasanjo, during a virtual interview with historian, Toyin Falola, on Sunday, however expressed his worry over insecurity in the North West of the country, where incidentally President Muhammadu Buhari is from.

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and Present Leader (2021), President Muhammadu Buhari

Obasanjo said, “I thought I knew President Buhari because he worked with me. But I used to ask people, is it that I have not read him well or read him adequately or is it that he has changed from the Buhari that I used to know? I am not subscribing to the people who say we have a new Buhari from Sudan and all that nonsense.

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“I know what I believed was his limitations and I have written about it – he wasn’t strong in economics, not all of us are strong in anything but you need to have sufficient knowledge of it for you to direct the affairs. He wasn’t particularly too strong in foreign affairs but I thought he was strong enough in the military.

“But with what I have seen now, I believe that maybe he will be thinking of a legacy. Maybe he will also learn from what has happened in recent times. If you are the commander-in-chief and banditry is taking place in your backyard, then you have to wake up.”

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Ghana Election: Olusegun Obasanjo react to Reelection of Akufo-Addo

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The former President said Akufo-Addo’s reelection is a testimony of his performance in office.

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has sent a letter to the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, congratulating him over his reelection.

In a letter dated December 10, 2020, Obasanjo said, “Let me hasten to congratulate you, the government, and the people of Ghana on the successful conduct of the Ghanaian general elections held on the 7 December 2020.”

He expressed optimism that the president-elect will remain as enthusiastic, as energetic, as focused, and as committed as he has been in the last four years in serving the people of Ghana and the rest of Africa.

While praying that God will grant him more success in his second term, Obasanjo appealed to the Ghanaian President to “be magnanimous in victory, unite the nation, and bring all hands on deck for the growth, development and progress of Ghana.”

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On the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Obasanjo encouraged Akufo-Addo to take leadership and explore all available to secure safe, effective, available, and affordable COVID-19 vaccines for all Ghanaians and their African brothers and sisters.

“But in doing so, I urge you not to lose sight of your determination to have a “Ghana beyond aid,” Obasanjo said.

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Borno Senator, Shettima reveal who will solve APC zoning issues

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Senator Shettima also stated that the ruling APC will disintegrate over its presidential ticket contrary to insinuation that the party was on the verge of collapse.

Senator Kashim Shettima (APC-Borno Central) has said President Muhammadu Buhari, the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and others will resolve the issue of zoning in the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Speaking at a two-day mid-term retreat held in Ado-Ekiti, Shettima, the immediate past governor of Borno State, stated that it was too early to talk about zoning ahead of the 2023 election.

He warned politicians to stop heating up the polity about which section of the country will secure the party’s presidential slot in 2023.

He said: “Don’t forget that our party still controls the Presidency. We have a leader and other competent leaders that can manage every crisis situation.

“At the appropriate time, our leaders will sit and take the most apt decision that will resolve the issue.

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“APC is a party that is united and nothing can break us. I am confident that we will win the 2023 presidential election. APC still remains the party to beat because of the unity of purpose and togetherness as well as desire to deliver for Nigerians.

“So, I am confident and no cause for alarm, what you called controversy will be resolved in the fullest of time.”

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Just in: Obasanjo mourns Musa Balarabe’s death

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The former President recalled that the politician ran for the presidency on the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) platform in 2003.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late Balarabe Musa as a patriot.

The former Nigerian leader said he was shocked by the passing.

In a statement by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Wednesday, Obasanjo said the former governor of old Kaduna State had an unwavering belief in a greater Nigeria.

He noted that Musa gave the best of his talent and ability in pursuit of the goal.

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“The late Alhaji Balarabe Musa will be remembered for his invaluable contribution to Nigeria’s political evolution.

“He brought renewed activism, verve and resourcefulness to bear on the nation’s polity,” Obasanjo added.

Musa was passionate about the country’s issues. He would be remembered for his critique of government.


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EndSARs: Obasanjo sends message to Gov’t, Nigerian Youths.

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The leader acknowledged the fact that the citizens have the legal right to make legitimate demands, he, however, urged them to stay calm. He revealed that his heart was heavy and that he was deeply concerned about the ongoing situation.

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the ongoing unrest in different parts of the country as a result of the uncalled killings of citizens by security agents in various states across the nation.

Obasanjo in a statement on Wednesday, October 21 urged President Muhammadu Buhari to act with immediate effect on the crisis before it is too late to do so.

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According to the elder statesman who served as a military and political leader, the situation at hand demands leadership and mature leadership as such. Obasanjo also admonished the youths, most especially the #EndSARS protesters to allow for peace to reign in the country.

He stressed that the country was at a critical moment and urged the incumbent president to restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force on citizens who they are supposed to protect.

He said, “The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation, has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration.”

“Instead, such actions only reinforces the anger and frustration of the populace and closes the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution,” Obasanjo noted.

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He stressed further that “It is clear that Mr. President and his lieutenants did exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to use of force.

Reacting to the denial of the government in having hand in the massacre, Obasanjo said, “It is worse that there is denial of wrongdoing despite overwhelming visual evidence. Great harm has been done but it can be stopped before it completely spirals out of control.”

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned the shooting of protesting youths in Lekki, Lagos State and other parts of the country.

The world leader of the Anglican Church who is a personal friend of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said he had earlier advised the President to ensure that lives are protected.


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Sokoto gov, tambuwal says Obasanjo would always be Nigeria’s political advisor

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Sokoto state governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal on Saturday said former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, continues to remain relevant for consultations on issues of governance and challenges in Nigeria.

The Governor made the remarks while paying an unscheduled visit at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence of the former President, according to a spokesman for Obasanjo, Kehinde Akinyemi.

The statement said the duo met behind closed doors for about an hour.

After the meeting, the governor hinted that they had a successful parley and he was happy that the elder statesman was in high spirit despite the Covid-19 pandemic atmosphere.

Sokoto state governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on August 22, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media //)

“You know Baba is our leader, statesman,” he said. “And it is always good for us to come around to see how he is doing, pay homage and consult him on very many issues of governance, that is why we have come this afternoon. And, we brought him the greetings and felicitations of the good people of Sokoto state.

“We shall continue to learn from him, drink from his wealth of experience and fountain of his knowledge and wisdom on issues of governance and challenges of today. We prayed that God Almighty shall continue to give him good health as I have met him today, and may him and all of us survive this Covid-19 pandemic.”

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On governance in Sokoto state, the governor spoke on efforts of his administration to restore permanent stability after the recent outbreak of banditry.

“We are re-establishing peace in the northern part of the state, where we have been having challenges of banditry,” he said.

“Peace is returning and people are back to their farms and villages. Those of us in the IDPs camps are back in our homes and villages now. We are doing our best as a state government to ensure that we engender security. And we are doing our best to provide development and employment for our people,” Tambuwal disclosed.

The governor, who arrived in Obasanjo’s residence at about 2:30 pm and left at 3:30 pm, was accompanied by eight members of his special advisers.


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News+: Obasanjo wishes to live above 100 years.

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed his wish to live beyond 100 years so as to have more opportunities to celebrate with the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakare, Jamolu II.

He said this on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital when he joined other dignitaries at the first year anniversary of the traditional ruler held in the state capital on Tuesday.

The traditional ruler received the staff of office from former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on May 21, 2019, as the 9th Agura of Gbagura in Egbaland.

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He commemorated his first year anniversary with interdenominational services with Muslims and Christians, as well as commissioned a borehole for the community.

In his remarks at the interdenominational service, Obasanjo who clocked 83 this year, said he wished to be at the 20 years anniversary of the monarch.

He also wishes God takes his life after fulfilling the dream.

“I will be here to celebrate your 20 years anniversary with you, whether I am invited or not,” the elder statesman told the traditional ruler.

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He added, “By the time I also partake in celebrating your 20th anniversary with you, if God wishes, he can call me to come and meet him in heaven because I know by that time, I will be above 100 or more.”

The former president, however, advised the monarch to always ensure he propagates unity among traditional rulers in Yoruba land.

He said, “There are times that kabiyesi don’t listen to words and there are times he does listen to words.

“If we are united, there is nothing we can’t do in Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole,” he said.


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Walter Carrington: Former Nigerian President, Obasanjo pays tribute

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has paid tribute to the former American Ambassador in Nigeria, Walter Carrington, recalling how the envoy offered him political asylum in the United States during the regime of General Sani Abacha in 1995.

In a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi on Tuesday, Obasanjo conveyed his condolence message to the wife of the late ambassador, Mrs Arese Carrington.

The former President stated that he, however, turned down the asylum offer, despite its tempting and assuring nature.

“He offered me political asylum by his government in the US. That was both touching and assuring, but I decided that tempting and assuring as the offer was, I would not take it. I came back and was arrested and imprisoned by Abacha,” he said.

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The ex-President also praised Carrington for the role he played in easing the move to democratic rule in the country.

According to him, the envoy was one of the responsible, mature and respected voices to take Nigeria out of the unwholesome situation it had found itself.

“Indeed, I recall, sometime in 1995, that on one of my trips to Copenhagen to attend World Social Summit as Human Development Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme, I received the most touching of the warnings, pieces of advice and offers to me from Ambassador Carrington.

“He called me in Copenhagen and told me categorically that I was going to be arrested on returning home and, therefore, advised me not to return home.

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“No doubt, his generous assistance to my family, while I was a political prisoner, makes me forever indebted to him”

“When I was in prison, he was one of the few foreign Ambassadors who regularly visited my wife to encourage her and to find out how I was doing in prison. I can proudly say he was a true friend and brother,” he said.

The late ambassador died on August 11 at 92.

Following his demise, President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu among others have eulogised Carrington, describing him as a true friend of Nigeria.


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COVID-19: Olusegun Obasanjo tests Negative

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Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has tested negative to Covid-19.

Obasanjo took the test last Friday, August 7, 2020, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence, Okemosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The former President’s Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, disclosed on Sunday that the samples of the test, conducted by one Dr. Olukunle Oluwasemowo of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory 54gene, Lagos, Nigeria, was returned negative on Saturday.

The laboratory is one of the accredited laboratories approved by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct the crucial Covid-19 test on both asymptomatic and symptomatic.


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Update: Obasanjo condoles Ogun governor, Abiodun over Kashamu’s demise

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday condoled with Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, over the demise of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.

In a statement signed by his spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said while Kashamu’s death was “sad”, his life and history left “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil.”

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“Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.

File photo of former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“But no legal, political, cultural, social, or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.

“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Before his death, Senator Kashamu was engaged in a long, legal battle against the federal government over extradition to the US to face alleged drug trafficking charges.


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Obasanjo says Mali’s political crisis could affect Nigeria

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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that the current political crisis in Mali could affect Nigeria if care is not taken to end the uprising.

In an article he wrote on Thursday, Obasanjo said the crisis also poses grave security risks to West African countries particularly Senegal, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic.

Mali has been hit by an uprising following a protest movement seeking the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita over allegations of corruption and incompetence.

Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan is currently in the country as ECOWAS envoy to lead regional efforts in mediating in the turmoil that has reportedly led to the death of 11 people.

Obasanjo said the protest is different from previous ones because in addition to having the support of a wide range of actors notably political actors, civil society organisations and some security agencies, it also has the backing of a vast majority of the population.

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“The current political turmoil in Mali is of grave concern considering the multidimensional impact of an escalation of the political impasse on about 19 million citizens and what a destabilized Mali will mean to West Africa,” he said in the article.

“The consequences will reverberate across the whole West Africa region, with the safety and security of Senegal, Burkina Faso and Niger directly at risk. If those countries stumble, the effects will ripple across coastal states such as Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Guinea. It will reverberate even to Nigeria.

“Mali is the levee that if breached, will create a wave of insecurity throughout Africa’s western region.”

He said for the crisis to be resolved, three things need to be done, first of which is negotiating a compromise to bring the protests to an end and immediate relief to the country “which will not compromise democracy, security and human rights”.

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“Second, ensure the implementation of the Peace Accord in collaboration with other stakeholders crucial to peace and where necessary make needed adjustments to meet new realities through inclusive consultation with all stakeholders,” he said.

“This will foster inclusivity in conflict resolution governance and decision-making which has been at the core of the tensions in Mali.

“Finally, the actors and process must acknowledge the influence of geo and international politics in Mali and ensure the cooperation and commitment of the key external players to ensuring peace, stability and growth for the people of Mali.”

He, however, added that it will ultimately take the goodwill and patriotism of the people of Mali to resolve the impasse and “this is why political leaders and the elite must be willing to make compromises to find workable and lasting solutions”.

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Here is the article in full.

ENSURING INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE AND STABILITY IN MALI

Recent developments in Mali have brought international attention back to the lingering challenges of instability and distrust since the signing of Algiers Peace Accord in 2015. On 5th and 19th of June, thousands of people protested in the streets, demanding, among other things, the resignation of the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK). These protests were triggered by discontent about persistent allegations of corruption and incompetence of the IBK administration; slow progress in addressing insecurity in North and Central Mali, poverty and unemployment; and the recent controversy with the results of the April legislative elections.

Olusegun Obasanjo

This is not the first protest of this nature in Mali, but this time it is different for two reasons. First, in addition to Imam Dicko who is not a new actor to the scene in Mali, the protests have the support of a wide range of actors notably trade unions, political actors (including the main opposition party whose leader Soumaila Cisse, kidnapped in March 2020, is still missing), civil society organizations and some members of the security sector, including the police, who have publicly criticized the government for mismanaging security resources. Second, and most importantly, the protests have the support and participation of a vast majority of the population, especially the youth, with over 70% expressing dissatisfaction with IBK’s mandate, as a recent poll by Inferentielle Opinion Research indicates. This suggests wide-spread dissatisfaction with the trajectory in Mali which should worry the political leadership in Mali and the international community [who endorsed and have supported the implementation of the Peace Accord].

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The current political turmoil in Mali is of grave concern considering the multidimensional impact of an escalation of the political impasse on about 19 million citizens and what a destabilized Mali will mean to West Africa. The consequences will reverberate across the whole West Africa region, with the safety and security of Senegal, Burkina Faso and Niger directly at risk. If those countries stumble, the effects will ripple across coastal states such as Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Guinea. It will reverberate even to Nigeria. Mali is the levee that if breached, will create a wave of insecurity throughout Africa’s western region.

Three things must be addressed urgently. First, negotiate a compromise to bring the protests to an end and immediate relief to the country which will not compromise democracy, security and human rights. I am encouraged that IBK and his political coalition, on one side and Imam Mahmoud Dicko and the M5-RFP on the other side have shown openness to dialogue and continue to interact with diplomats and mediators including the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Second, ensure the implementation of the Peace Accord in collaboration with other stakeholders crucial to peace and where necessary make needed adjustments to meet new realities through inclusive consultation with all stakeholders. This will foster inclusivity in conflict resolution governance and decision-making which has been at the core of the tensions in Mali. Finally, the actors and process must acknowledge the influence of geo and international politics in Mali and ensure the cooperation and commitment of the key external players to ensuring peace, stability and growth for the people of Mali.

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While the world is distracted by Covid19, Africa must lead this process through our regional and pan African institutions and leaders, including ECOWAS, the African Union, and the UN Office for West Africa and Sahel through Dr. Ibn Chambas and the world should support these efforts. Ultimately, it will take the goodwill and patriotism of the people of Mali to resolve this impasse and this is why political leaders and the elite must be willing to make compromises to find workable and lasting solutions.

Peace and good governance in Mali will promote the establishment of a secular, democratic and economically stable country. While promoting security is key, it must not be done at the total expense of democracy and human rights. I believe the separation between state and religion must be protected at all times to ensure inclusive participation of all in the rebuilding of Mali. Mali must address corruption not just from a law and order perspective but as a collective aspiration of the people to enthrone accountability, responsiveness, and inclusive development. Ending the human suffering and the economic hardship requires an urgent and holistic regional response to the prevailing situation in the country. 2020 is the year the AU declared the period of ‘Silencing the Guns in Africa’, and expectations are high. Let the silencing start with Mali with solutions that put the welfare of Mali’s citizens above any other political or non-political consideration.


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Removal of Fuel Subsidy under Obasanjo: Oshiomhole kicks – Atiku.

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has recalled how the decision to remove fuel subsidy and increase fuel price was opposed by former governor of Edo State, Comrade Oshiomhole when he was President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Atiku said Obasanjo, during his tenure, had begun a phased subsidy withdrawal, stressing that despite the opposition from the NLC, two phases of subsidy removal of fuel were achieved by the Obasanjo government before leaving office in 2007.

The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain stated via Twitter that he was assigned the task of negotiating with Oshiomhole who is now chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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He said it is sad that the current removal of subsidy for which some are being praised is the same one which ‘patriots’ like himself have been calling for and for which they were demonized.

The PDP’s presidential candidate in the last election noted that the stoppage of subsidy and price-fixing is the right move, stressing that it should have come earlier when the economy was stronger.


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Jonathan, Obasanjo, Other attack US on AfDB presidency probe request


Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, among other ex-leaders have backed Adesina Akinwumi, the President of African Development Bank (AfDB).

The United States had called for his fresh probe despite his clearance by the Ethics Committee.

Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture, had since denied all allegations against him.

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In their joint statement gathered by NobleReporters from Obasanjo’s spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, they said Africa is facing unprecedented challenge with the COVID-19 and that all hands must be on deck to tackle the pandemic.

The former leaders said Adesina has been doing a remarkable job in steering the organization.

They recalled that the Bank announced a $10 billion crisis response facility to support countries in Africa.

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The ex-presidents noted that AfDB successfully launched a $3 billion “Fight COVID-19 social bond, the largest ever US dollar-denominated bond in world history.

“Powered by his vision and leadership, the shareholders of the Bank from 80 countries, all approved a general capital increase of $115 billion for the Bank, the largest in its history since establishment in 1964. The Bank has been doing a lot for women, with a $3 billion fund to provide access of finance to women, supported by G7 countries and Africa”, they said.

The leaders said across the continent, the Bank’s presence and work have been highly visible and impactful.

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According to them, in less than five years, the Bank’s High 5 agenda has impacted over 333 million people, from access to electricity, food security, access to finance via the private sector, improve transport and access to water and sanitation.

They noted that AfDB has maintained its stellar AAA rating among all global rating agencies and that the shareholders have all played very important roles in supporting the Bank to achieve these impressive results.

The leaders said Adesina, “who some whistleblowers alleged to have violated the Banks’ Code of Ethics, has firmly and consistently declared his innocence of these allegations”.

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The statement stressed that governance is all about respecting and abiding by rules, laws and established governing systems of organizations.

“In the case of the AfDB, while differences may exist among parties, the best way to address them is to first respect the rules, procedures and governance structures of the Bank. To do otherwise will be tantamount to undermining the Bank and its long and hard earned reputation, and that of its President.”

They described AfDB as pride for all of Africa, and that Adesina has taken the Bank to enviable heights.

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The former leaders added that Africa is battling with COVID-19 and that the Bank and its President should not be distracted.

Ex-presidents who signed that the statement were Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, Boni Yayi, Hailemariam Desalegn, John Kufour, Joyce Banda, Joaquim Chissano, Tandja Mamadou, Mohamed Marzouki, Benjamin Mkapa, Ameenah Gurib-Fakin, Rupiah Banda, Kgalema Motlan and Jakaya Kikwete.


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Comparing Buhari to Obasanjo is like comparing Count Dracula to Mother Theresa – FFK speaks. [Nigeria]

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Femi Fani-Kayode has spoken against the comparison of the administration of President Buhari to that of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Femi Fani-Kayode who served as minister of aviation in the Obasanjo administration stated that Buhari has incurred debts for Nigeria which were cleared by Obasanjo.

He also stated that all that was achieved by Nigeria under Obasanjo have been turned into the opposite by Buhari

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”Comparing PMB to OBJ is like comparing Count Dracula to Mother Theresa. OBJ united Nigeria, PMB divided her. OBJ brought peace, PMB brought war. OBJ brought prosperity, PMB brought poverty. OBJ brought life, PMB brought death. OBJ brought hope, PMB brought despair

OBJ paid off our foreign debt, Buhari indebted us to the tune of $30 billion and turned us into Africa’s biggest debtor & beggar. OBJ solved our problems, PMB created them. OBJ brought restoration, PMB brought degeneration. OBJ brought us pride, Buhari brought us shame

OBJ brought us good success, PMB brought us stark failure. OBJ loved all Nigerians and treated them equally, Buhari loves only northerners and treats all others like field hands and slaves. OBJ saw Nigeria as a nation, PMB sees her as a conquered territory

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OBJ led the best, most successful, most intelligent, most enlightened & most productive cabinet & Govt. in the history of Nigeria whilst PMB leads the worst, most destructive, most savage, most ignorant & most corrupt cabinet & Govt. in the history of Africa

OBJ fought terror & despised terrorists, PMB rewards terror & pampers terrorists. OBJ was a leader, PMB is a ruler. OBJ was a lion, PMB is a mouse. Comparing the two is like comparing night & day or chalk & cheese or heaven & hell: it makes absolutely NO sense!” he wrote


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[Nigeria] Obasanjo-Atiku’s Tenure and Buhari’s Govt impossible to compare – PDP tackles APC.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Sunday, declared that the All Progressives Congress, APC, lacks the parameter to compare the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.

PDP made the remark in response to APC’s claim that ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar admitted that Obasanjo administration was short-sighted and failed to diversify Nigeria’s economy.

APC’s spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, had stated this in a statement where he commended Atiku for suggesting how Buhari should improve Nigeria’s economy.

However, PDP berated the ruling party for its comment, stressing that APC has “reversed all our national gains in a space of five years.”

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The former ruling party stated this in a statement titled: “You Lack Parameters to Compare Obasanjo/Atiku Tenure with Buhari’s”

The statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ogbondiyan reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a knee-jerk reaction by the dysfunctional APC to the well-received suggestions by former Vice President and PDP’s candidate in the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku, on how to revamp our ailing economy.

“While the PDP had chosen not to allow the fizzling APC to distract us from our focus, particularly in finding solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot keep quiet and allow those who had reversed all our national gains in a space of five years, to continue to engage in distortions, outright lies and appropriation of projects executed by the PDP to continually spit on the memories of Nigerians.

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“It is sad that a patriotic and non-partisan rescue effort by Atiku was met with insults, animus and aspersions by an administration under which Nigeria is collapsing economically, just because it lacks the required competence and brilliance for modern governance.

“This is a government under which our nation has become the poverty capital of the world; our foreign debts have quintupled from $7 billion in 2015 to $30 billion today; our once highly rated banking sector is now shedding its workforce.”


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COVID-19: Obasanjo donate his hilltop building as isolation centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria.


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has donated his former residence at the Presidential Hilltop, Abeokuta, Ogun State as an isolation centre for victims of the dreaded Coronavirus disease.

Obasanjo’s media assistant Kehinde Akinyemi who confirmed the development, said the 32-room apartment located off the Presidential Boulevard in Oke Sari, Abeokuta has been handed over to the Ogun State government for immediate take over. The apartment also has a standby generator.


Akinyemi added;

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“And I think those who can in one way or another assist in this situation should do so.”


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COVID-19: How coronavirus affected my birthday ceremony


Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday lamented how Coronavirus affected his 83rd birthday celebration.

Obasanjo, while speaking at his birthday lecture in Abeokuta, Ogun State, titled, “The place of Pan-Africanism in an Emerging World of Besieged Liberal Democracy,” said there were supposed to be two events before the lecture, which would bring three ex-Presidents but that due to coronavirus, they had to cancel it because of the disease which had taken over the world.


According to him, “When we were thinking of this celebration, two programmes came to mind. One was to see what Asian countries have done to make their continent become what they have become, for instance, Malaysia, which was worse than us when we got independence; South Korea which was below us and Vietnam which was plunged into series of wars.

“We would have spent the day before yesterday and yesterday to really consider how the Asians have risen to greatness.


And what lessons we could learn from them but because of Coronavirus, that programme was shelved. Some of them were not able to make it.”

He said: “I do hope that sometimes in future we would be able to bring it up again because there is a lot to learn about what they have done and how they have done it.”


On the lecture, the former president said “Some people will be saying what has Pan-Africanism got to do with us in Nigeria? We have the problem of insecurity; we have the problem of restructuring and all other problems, so what has Pan-Africanism got to do with us?”

“But I am saying Pan-Africanism has a lot to do with us, no matter what we do or our present situation. That is why I am particularly happy that we have some of our traditional rulers here today and we also have some of the victims of policies that are good and the ones that are bad.


“We have gotten all the definition that we can have about Pan-Africanism, but the only call I want to make is this, Pan-Africanism is different from African unity.”

He added: “It goes beyond African unity and to prove that, when our leader in 1963 established the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) they did not reckon with Pan-Africanism as such to the extent that no body outside the continent of Africa was considered to be part of the OAU.

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

“When at the end of 20th century we decided to re – establish or transform OAU to AU, we decided that instead of five regions which made up of OAU; West Africa, North Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa, we created the sixth region which is the Diaspora Africa.

“Therefore, we made AU to go beyond the continent of Africa and to embrace the Africans in diaspora. So, we moved from African Unity to African Union, which means we are not only talking about Africans on the continent of Africa, but also Africans outside the continent of Africa. I think that’s very important and that’s why we should talk about Pan-Africanism, what it means and what it can do.”


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COVID-19: Guests undergo screening to attend obasanjo’s 83rd birthday.


Guests attending the 83rd birthday event of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo have been screened for any signs of fever before access into the event hall.

This is in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, following the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria

The event, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, had in attendance, dignitaries from all walks of life.

However, individuals entering the event hall were screened one after the other, with a thermometer, by health practitioners, at the point of entry.

After being certified free of any suspicious ailments, guests are given hand sanitizer as they join other wellwishers.


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HappyBirthdayObasanjo: No Nigerian dominated politics like Obasanjo – Atiku.

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Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has said that no individual, living or dead has dominated the nation’s political space like ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Abubakar, in a statement issued on Wednesday, commended the contributions of Obasanjo to the development of Nigeria, the African continent and humanity.

He said that no individual living or dead had bestrode the Nigerian political space as positively and purposefully as Obasanjo had done, “for good and better, in peacetime and war, in times of austerity, and times of prosperity.


“It is not an exaggeration to describe you as the preeminent political colossus in Nigeria, a nation that owes so much to you. Indeed, many Nigerians will read about your birthday on their GSM devices, which are one of your legacies to the Nigerian people.

“Your love for Nigeria and commitment to her unity, good governance and stability have prevented you from retiring, a sacrifice that my family and I deeply appreciate. From the Congo to South Africa to Angola to Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe, your democratic fingerprint on the African continent is indelible. You have served and still serve as a beacon of democracy and a guardian of constitutionality.


Abubakar said Nigeria owes Obasanjo a debt that Nigerians could not pay. He said that the former president led Nigeria to pay its foreign debts that the citizens could not imagine paying.

“By that singular action, you planted trees for generations yet unborn. You hold the enviable and esteemed record of being the first African military ruler to have voluntarily, and without internal and external pressure, restored power to the government democratically elected by the Nigerian people.

“It was not your will to be in office, but it was your will to bequeath democracy to Nigeria. And after 21 years of the Fourth Republic, Nigeria has cause to celebrate your democratic credentials.

“Happy birthday President Obasanjo. You are beloved now and forever,‘’ said Abubakar.


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Buhari celebrate Obasanjo in advance as he clock 83rd tomorrow


President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former President Olusegun Obasanjo ahead of his 83rd birthday.

Obasanjo who will celebrate his birthday on Thursday, March 5, 2020, was described by President Buhari as someone whose commitment to nationhood is outstanding.


In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, President Buhari joined family members and friends to celebrate Obasanjo, while also underscoring his sacrifices for the continent.

“President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm greetings to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 83rd birthday, March 5, 2020, congratulating him for a life of courage, dedication and service to Nigeria, Africa, and humanity in general.

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“President Buhari joins family members, friends and associates of the former president in celebrating the milestone, adding that Chief Obasanjo’s commitment to Nigerian nationhood remains outstanding and commendable, while also underscoring his sacrifices for the continent, including standing up for democracy in many countries,” the statement read in part.

He offered prayers to Obasanjo, saying that “the almighty God will grant him longer life, good health, and strength to keep serving the nation and the continent.”


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Don’t allow agitation for Restructuring lead to war – Obasanjo to Buhari


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the present government needs to heed the agitations of those clamouring for restructuring before such agitations develop into self-determination.

Speaking in Lagos on Saturday at the first memorial lecture organised in honour of the founder of the Oodua People’s Congress, Dr Fredrick Fasehun, the former President advised the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to heed the call now before it would be too late.

He said Nigeria could not afford to be plunged into another war because the nation might not survive the second civil war.

Obasanjo, who said insecurity was a major concern in Nigeria, commended the South-West governors for establishing the Western Nigeria Security Network popularly known as Operation Amotekun.

He particularly commended Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde “for his leadership on this matter and for sharing their thinking with me.”

The former President said no section of the country should think it would be easy to quell any other region that might want to secede if the agitation for restructuring was not addressed.

He stated that the agitation while he was in office was for true federalism but now it had changed to restructuring.

He said, “President Goodluck Jonathan’s effort of a National Conference did not even get to the National Assembly. Today, the agitation has moved up to restructuring. Thanks to Buhari’s administration and its impunity and all. With the fractional political division, poor management of the economy, the non-protecting security and the politics of uncertainty in the land, we should not allow restructuring agitation to degenerate to self-determination.

“There is still a window of opportunity for us to nip in the bud a possible and indeed likely agitation for self determination that will be violent, destructive and all-empowering. We have descended to lack of civility bordering on uncivilisation, indignity, mutual disrespect and crudity in the language of our debate, dialogue, discourse, address, comments and remarks across tribe, section, religion, region, ethnicity and community.

“If not halted, it will degenerate and poison the atmosphere to the tipping point or point of no return.”

Obasanjo, who played an active part in the Nigerian Civil War, said the military then planned that it would crush the Biafran soldiers between three and six months. He, however, said Nigeria almost lost to Biafra but managed to defeat the agitators after 36 months.

He said, “And before we descend any further, let me warn, from experience, those who are beating the drums of war and domination from all quarters. I joined late Bisalla, under General Hassan Katsina, to write the appreciation and the operational instruction for the (Nigerian) Civil War.

“We estimated that Federal Government would suppress the Biafran rebellion within three months. To make allowances for the unforeseen, we allowed six months. But it took us 30 months, five times what we allowed for, and what is more, we nearly lost the war. And as a field commander at the end of the war, I can attest that we fought with all Nigerian tribes, including Igbos against Biafra.”

He said the National Assembly appeared to be aware of the lurking danger and wanted to be proactive but he said the constitution did not give them the power to write a new constitution but to amend the existing one.

“What is required is a new constitution to meet the agitation and aspiration of all Nigerians and to allay all fears. The executive and the legislature need to work together to establish a Constituent Assembly.

He continued, “And if after over 10 years of fighting Boko Haram, the terrorist group is still waxing strong, let nobody out of self-delusion think that a war of self-determination by one or more geopolitical zones of Nigeria with the present disenchantment would be easily suppressed by the rest of what may remain of the country.

“Some will fight to the last drop of the blood of their group rather than suffer the indignity of slavery, oppression, domination and atrocious injustice in the land of their birth and the only one that they can call their country.

“If Boko Haram can get an outside support, any geo-political zone opting for self-determination may equally get an external support. War may not necessarily go as planned, estimated and predicted. “Everything must, therefore, be put in place to avoid a war, the end of which no one can precisely predict.

“There is no assurance that Nigeria can survive a second civil war. But rather, we should seek political solution and avoid a destructive civil war.

“This is the situation today. Let us put our experiences to work and fashion out a political order and arrangement that will strengthen our togetherness while making room for healthy and useful competition within the one entity, Nigeria.

“We need not go the way of Yugoslavia or Sudan and certainly not the way of Rwanda and Somalia. But none of these countries knew the avoidable and divisive end from the beginning. Let us learn from the experience of others and of our founding fathers who resolved their political differences through dialogue and debate without resorting to violence and separation but accommodation, telling themselves hard truth, tolerance and give-and-take spirit. That was the foundation of Nigeria at independence and let it continue to be.

“If all we are interested in is power and not holding the country together harmoniously and wholesomely, we may hold the mirage of power and lose the nation or the country bequeathed to us by our founding fathers.

“Today, we can still collectively debate, dialogue and lead our country to where, by consensus, we will want it to be as a united, strong, harmonious, dynamic, fast developing, productive, fast growing and progressing nation with sufficient leeway for autonomous development and management by component units on the basis of healthy competition, mutual respect, caring and sharing for one another, within one nation and one destiny, with shared values, common goals and venerated diversity.

“There are still people of goodwill who can speak up and speak out and take effective and positive actions individually and collectively that will corporately save the country from rudderlessness and disintegration. We must allow a stitch in time to save nine, so that we are not pushed to the realm of the unknown and which may be for all of us, undesirable.”

The National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, who spoke before Obasanjo, said although there was no harm in restructuring, he said he did not believe the time was ripe for restructuring now.

He said, “While I do not oppose restructuring, the problem might not be restructuring and I am not sure that restructuring, at a time when there is so much distrust, will be the solution.”

The new President of OPC, Prince Osibote, expressed worry about the insecurity in the nation.

Osibote said, “We are saddened by the state of insecurity in the land. The challenge is exacerbated by unbridled poverty, illiteracy and ignorance coupled with lack of vision and character by a section of the Nigerian political class.

“We frittered away ample opportunities that came our way to consolidate on our strength, human capacities and natural endowments.

“We unambiguously denounce the spilling of blood in the land, banditry, abduction, and other forms of heinous crimes that have almost made life miserable in some parts of the country.”

One of the children of the late OPC founder, Olubunmi, appreciated those present at the ceremony.

He said, “I want to appreciate you all for coming to honour our late father. We now know that you loved our father when he was alive. “

Among those present at the lecture were former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Oyewole Fasawe; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who was represented by the Asoya of Isoya, Oba Muraina Adebanjo; the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo who was represented by the Lagos State Chairman, Chief Solomon Ogbonna.


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Obasanjo To Speak On Insurgence As African Leaders Celebrate Him At 83


Barring any last-minute change, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo would once again speak on the deadly Boko Haram sect terrorizing the nation.

This was disclosed by the Director, Centre for Human Security and Dialogue, Prof. Peter Okebukola, at a world press conference he addressed on Monday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.


The world press conference, TheNation learnt, was to herald the 83rd birthday of the elder statesman, which comes up March 5th.

According to reports, Obasanjo’s need to comment on the Boko Haram insurgents became necessary, following a statement credited to a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, that the insurgents would have been degraded if Obasanjo were to be the President.


Asked, Okebukola said Obasanjo, alongside other African leaders, would air their opinions, with a view to providing workable solutions that would help in fighting insurgency.

Their speeches would also include discussions on how to develop Africa using Asia as a yardstick.

The former NUC Executive Secretary informed that former Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf; former Sierra Leonean President, Ernest Bai Koroma, and former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn would have a round-table on ‘The Asian Aspiration’, to share lessons from Asia’s development for strengthening Africa’s socio-economic integration and cooperation.

Recall that former President Obasanjo has on several occasions called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do more in the fight against insecurity in the country.


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