Nigeria becoming a failed state, basket case – Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo/File Photo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state and a basket case which needs urgent intervention.

Obasanjo made this known while delivering a speech titled ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue in Abuja on Thursday.

The event saw the attendance of socio-cultural groups like Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum.

He said, “I do appreciate that you all feel sad and embarrassed as most of us feel as Nigerians with the situation we find ourselves in. Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country.

“And these manifestations are the products of recent mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development of our country. Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred, disintegration and separation and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere.”

Obasanjo praised the socio-cultural groups for coming together to give hope that Nigeria can be saved.

He added, “With what I have seen, read and heard from the rapprochement that you are forging together, I see a ray of hope that Nigeria can be saved from disintegration.

“If we are ready to live together in understanding, mutual respect and love with equity, justice, inclusiveness while engendering sense of belonging and unity of purpose and all hands on deck, we can deal with internal issues of terrorism, organised crimes, banditry, kidnapping, human trafficking, drug, money laundering and corruption. We will then be able to deal successfully with any incoming attack of terrorism, organised crimes, etc; from outside.”


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