Olusegun Obasanjo Speaks On Things Nigeria Needs To Do To Achieve Progress
Elder Statesman and Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has once again weighed in on the state of the Nigerian nation and proffered possible steps to be taken if the country is indeed going to progress.
The Ota farmer identified the use of new technologies as the way forward in staving off the nation’s security challenges and also called for the prioritisation of infrastructure in the quest for development.
Obasanjo said these while delivering a lecture at the 15th Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) Annual Lecture and International Leadership Symposium in Lagos.
Furthermore, the Abeokuta-based politician noted that the nation’s diversity should be a blessing rather than a curse and also called for concerted efforts towards improving the level of education in the Northeastern part of the country.
Nigeria News gathered that the following were the words of Obasanjo at the Symposium: “Our leaders must prioritise adequate infrastructure as the basis for our development.
“We must embrace new technologies to tackle security challenges in the country, build strong institutions to uphold our core values.
“In Nigeria, there is the need to acknowledge and appreciate our diversity and not make it a liability.
“We are called the giant of Africa because of our huge human resources and diversity, meaning that it is an asset that we should appreciate and not make it a liability.
“Nigerian leaders should not think of the well-being of Nigerians alone, but the well-being of the African continent as a whole to promote a common prosperity.
“Terrorism is thriving in the North-east due to the poor level of education in the region.
“The level of education in the South-west is 85 percent, 83 percent in the South-east and less than 30 percent in the North-east. It is sad that we are having these statistics in the same country.
“Our leaders should invest in education because it is very important for human growth and development,“ he said.
“Nigeria has transited from pre-colonial to colonial rule, one military regime to another and from one political party to another taking over the government.But we need to transit to a popular movement where people will feel the impact of quality governance.”