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Obasanjo Fears for Nigeria

by John Campbell
February 15, 2011

Party delegate and former president Olusegun Obasanjo attends the presidential primaries of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria's federal capital Abuja January 13, 2011. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters)

Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo warns that the country is going through a “fragile” period and that politicians should not “toy” with Nigeria by taking advantage of ethnic, tribal and religious divisions. He is expressing publicly a widespread concern in the run-up to the 2011 elections–that such divisions exploited by politicians threaten to undermine Nigeria’s stability and democratic development. Obasanjo’s comments follow INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega’s concern last week that the elections may still fail. Obasanjo’s explicit, public warning is unusual for him and reflects the rising tensions during this pre-election period.

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  • Posted by ago

    He should be the one to be blamed if the Nigeria Project fails and the state finally breaks-up. What’s people like him still looking for in politics that they refuse to bury their shame and continue to ensure their proteges and cronies are at the helms of affairs?

  • Posted by umar bashir .a

    The former president is right.The godfathers are the electorates with an over-bloated ego. And his one of them. people are just after their interest.That is very sad.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if people find that civilians are not able to convey democracy to our people and the society

  • Posted by Folusho Dolire

    IT is typical of Chief Obasanjo as a national hero. The statement credited to him came not as a surprise for he has been a champion of the Nigerian Unity Project. Thank you John for the expose.

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