- Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he is being threatened and intimidated for clamouring for a better Nigeria
- The former President also said he would support the presidential ambition of a Former govrnror of Sokoto state Attahiru Bafarawa
- According to Obasanjo, he would be supporting Bafarawa because he (Bafarawa) is detribalised and plans to make Nigeria a better place
A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that no level of threats and intimidation will make him abandon his clamour for a better Nigeria.
Obasanjo said no right thinking Nigeria would be satisfied with the situation of the country at the moment.
Speaking while receiving a former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa, who visited him for consultations on his presidential ambition, Obasanjo said he had made sacrifices for the nation, fighting to defend the country during the civil war and even being sent to jail over a phantom coup allegation.
Punch reports that Obasanjo said he has been threatened and intimidated because of his conviction for a better Nigeria, but he said they had all amounted to nothing.
The former president urged Bafarawa who visited with members of his campaign organisation and political associates, to continue to pursue his dream of making Nigeria better if elected president in 2019.
Obasanjo said: “The situation of Nigeria today is not the one any right thinking Nigerian should applaud. And my own strong belief is that Nigeria deserves better than we have now. And we can get better than what we have."
“And so, you are to see what you can do, that is why you are aspiring to make Nigeria better than what it is today.
Nobody who loves Nigeria will not want it to be better than it is today. I, definitely, have made personal sacrifices and I will make again. Talk of fighting in the battlefield and shedding of one’s blood, or even talk of going to prison, because I believe in democracy," Obasanjo said.
“I went to prison for doing nothing wrong. I have also been intimidated and threatened. What would you do to intimidate somebody like me? Whatever you are trying to do to me, people have tried to do it to me in the past, and it amounted to nothing and it will amount to nothing.
Because before I act, I pray to God to guide me and I think of Nigeria first, particularly the majority of Nigerians who are underprivileged, whose situation we need to improve upon," he said.
The former president, describing Bafarawa as a detribalised Nigerian, called on all Nigerians to remain resolute in their quest for a better nation, advising that they should shun divisive tendencies.
“If we do not act together as we should act together, Nigeria will not be what it should be in 2019. Aspiration? Yes, but the objective must be clear. If the opposition starts going in different directions and pulling in different ways, Nigeria’s situation will not change.
“A population of 200 million, for us to continue to complain that things are not right, we are doing the same thing as we have done before. And if we keep doing the same thing, the result will not be different. If we want a different result, we must do things differently. And I believe we can do things differently," the former governor said.
He also urged Nigerians to view themselves in this light if they really wanted a new Nigeria.
Also stating three major attributes - diligence, humility and non-discrimination against other people - he wanted to see in a leader, said Bafarawa possessed all attributes.
Obasanjo promised to support the former Sokoto state governor since Bafarawa hopes to improve the situation in Nigeria.
In his reaction, Bafarawa commended Obasanjo for his love for Nigeria.
He said if there was anyone fighting corruption today without being reconginsed, Obasanjo, that person was a joker.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Obasanjo had on Friday, August 3, reiterated his stand not to support the presidential ambition of his former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.
Obasanjo speaking after his arrival from Rwanda said he is yet to reveal his preferred candidate for 2019 presidency.
He however said Atiku could not be his prefered chioce of candidate to lead Nigerians come 2019.
Obasanjo said: “How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?"
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