- Former president Olusegun Obasanjo lamented recent poverty index which ranked Nigeria as one of the poorest countries in the world
- Obasanjo wondered why Nigeria with about 180 million population would be ranked above India which has 1.3billion population
- The former president, however, noted that Nigeria doesn’t deserve its current stage of economy
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday, September 12, lamented the recent characterization of Nigeria as a country where the bulk of the world’s poverty stricken population dwells.
Daily Trust reports that Obasanjo said the unpleasant status the country has found itself, can’t be separated from the poor handling of the economy by current leaders.
NAIJ.com gathered that the former president made this known while addressing the Lagos state of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) executive members who visited him in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
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According to him, “As you rightly said, this is the hard time economically for all. It is for all of us, except the very few. Is this what you (Nigerians) want to have for another four years?
“PDP cannot do it alone, ADC cannot do it alone. It must be collective efforts to get the right leadership for the country. Recently, the country was ranked as the most poorest country in the world.
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“India is with population of 1.3billiom and Nigeria is about 180million. Yet, we still have the poorest citizens in the world. Nigeria doesn’t deserve this and this is the honest truth.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, explained that former president Obasanjo, questioned him for supporting the restructuring of Nigeria back to the time they were both in power.
Atiku made his known when Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, hosted him in Lagos.
Atiku maintained that his commitment to restructuring was absolute and this position has once gotten him a query when he was a vice president.
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