FORMER President Olusegun Obasnjo is canvassing a new Nigeria primarily based on the ideas of democracy, fairness, justice, mutual respect, egalitarianism, good governance, federal character, advantage and competence.
And he believes there are Nigerians “in all walks of life, from all ethnic teams, non secular teams, cultural teams, political teams and throughout age and gender who will work genuinely and sincerely for the emergence” of such a new Nigeria.
Obasanjo spoke on Friday on the 2020 Annual Sobo Sowemimo Lecture held on the Abeokuta Club in Abeokuta.
He known as for an finish to what he labeled as papering over the plain cracks in Nigeria’s polity.
According to him, papering over the cracks is not going to resolve the issues, neither will “tearing up or searching for disintegration.”
He requested all effectively-which means Nigerians to talk out as a result of, in keeping with him, “remaining silent makes us accomplices and irresponsibly so.”
He stated: “The resolution lies in women and men imbued with braveness, nationalism, patriotism, dedication, foresight and love in crucial mass to spearhead the campaign for new Nigeria.
“Let us launch and promote such a campaign on the slogan, “Security Matters To All; No safety, No Nigeria”.
“The time is now. Delay is suspending the evil day.”
The former president equally known as for severe consideration in the direction of the nation’s financial challenges, saying that “I see it as a matter of life and loss of life for our nation, which should not be toyed with”.
He stated: “Insecurity led to by widespread criminality of Boko Haram, insurgents, herdsmen/farmers battle, terrorists, bandits, armed robbers, militants, kidnappers, abductors, and human traffickers is a new phenomenon that’s ravaging the complete nation.
“The causes are many however the resolution is past the capability of the federal government.
“Prompt motion is required from all effectively-which means Nigerians from throughout the board as we’re all victims and hostages.
“We should not undertake the place of mindlessness ‘do nothing’ and permit just a few to wreck our current and our future.”
On the COVID-19 pandemic, Obasanjo warned Nigerians to not mistake the lifting of restrictions on lockdown for the tip of the battle towards the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former president, who spoke on “COVID-19 and Nigeria Security Issues: The Way Forward”, described COVID-19 as a illness that Nigeria particularly and Africa, on the whole, was unwell-ready and poorly geared up for.
The elder statesman counseled the federal and the state governments for the efforts and measures that they had taken to deal significantly with the virus.
“The thought of leaving the states to take care of the difficulty primarily at their degree on the precept of subsidiarity was one.
“It allowed every state with its restricted assets and services to gear itself up and to challenge directions and laws on restrictions primarily based on the truth of the state,” he stated.