Nigeria’s erstwhile President, Olusegun Obasanjo has implored the youths to rise and redefine the country’s leadership, insisting that 2023 is no time to play the ethnic politics.
Obasanjo, on being visited by veteran Charly Boy, on Friday, said he will not be pitching his tent with a candidate who lacks the capacity to deliver on his promises.
Asked by Charly Boy to advise “frustrated Nigerians” Obasanjo who said he is the father of frustrated youths in the country, noted that it’s not the fault of God that Nigerians are poor and frustrated, but the choice of leadership.
“That we are frustrated and poor is not the fault of God, it is the choice of our leaders. And if you have to change that, change our situation, you have to change leadership, pure and simple. And there is nobody who is going to do it other than the youths.
“If you have a baby with very robust waist, you don’t take your beads and give it out to somebody else. And I say to people that my own baby is Nigeria, that’s the one that has robust waist, and that’s the one I want to put beautiful beads on, not any other individual who I know will not achieve whatever they promised that they will achieve.”
Emphasising that 2023 is not time for ethnic politics, Obasanjo said, “In the north they say, ‘La mu la muni’. ‘Tiwa n tiwa’, in south-east, it’s ‘Nka bu ka nyi.’ Now, that is not the issue, the issue is Nigeria.”