Despite the country’s “mistakes and missteps,”
former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said
Nigeria is not doing badly at 55 as a nation,
compared to the so called settled societies or
Obasanjo who noted that 55 years in the life of a
nation is still relatively young said the country has
managed to be dynamic and progressive all these
The ex – President who spoke with reporters at his
Abeokuta residence , on Thursday, in respect of the
Nigeria’s 55 years of nationhood, said all hands to
be on deck to enable the country attain its full
He said Nigerians should be willing to learn from
past mistakes while core national values should
also not be eroded to enable the real growth and
progress become manifest.
He noted that the Nigeria is now well positioned with
the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari
for both recognition and active participation in global
politics in manner that would likely elicit positive
attention from the international community.
According to Obasanjo, feelers from the world
leaders and statesmen during the recent UN
summit revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari
did not only have a good outing there, but also
helped to place Nigeria at a strategic position for
He identified youth unemployment, education,
security, justice, the economy among others as
areas the country should not joke with particularly
corruption, saying it has the capacity to destroy
everything noble about Nigeria.
Obsanjo said: “Fifty five years in the life of a nation
is comparatively young, growing and when you look
at the life and history of those that you may call
settled societies or reasonably matured countries,
we are not doing too badly.
“They have had missteps just like we are having
missteps, they have made mistakes and most of
them have learnt from their mistakes, they have
been dynamic in the way they have progressed and
I believe that we are doing the same thing.
“What is important is that certain cardinal pinches,
cardinal features of our national live, values, should
not be eroded. And then we should also be willing to
learn from our mistakes,” Obasanjo said.
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