Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made a strong statement to those who might dislike him.
Goldennewsng reports that he said all in all nothing remains to be undermined him with in his decision of official contender for the 2023 general races.
Obasanjo and Pa Ayo Adebanjo, leader of the apex Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, signed a condolence register for Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, First Republic Minister of Aviation, at the Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Secretariat in Enugu State.
“I have shed my blood for this country,” he declared. I have served my country by going to prison. So, what are you going to do to scare me or make a threat to me? The only thing that my older brother, Adebanjo, hasn’t done is go to prison, but we’ll ignore that because he hasn’t shed any blood.
The former president reiterated his avowed commitment to enthroning a new Nigeria, stating that the country not only required a president at this critical time but also desired a leader with character, describing the issue in Nigeria as more of a national than ethnic one.
“The issue we face in Nigeria is not one of ethnicity. It’s nationwide. Character is also, in my opinion, the most important quality in a leader. The issue we have faced is that we have not had a leader who possesses the appropriate character to be trusted in the position of leadership.
“Thus, assuming I put my hand on somebody, it implies that contrasting and the other, I see that there is merit that will be good for Nigeria. And Chief Adebanjo, in my opinion, represents the same thing,” he stated.
While signing the register of condolences, Obasanjo referred to Mbazulike as an authentic Nigerian patriot and the “last of the titans,” while Adebanjo referred to him as an authentic Nigerian who had fought since he was a young man for a nation where equity, justice, and fairness were the norm.
They were disappointed that the most prominent nationalist was unable to experience the new Nigeria for which he had worked for decades.
Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, was also present to sign the register.
At 93, the elder statesman passed away on November 1 of this year.
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