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“Nigeria more divided now, than during the Civil War” – Obasanjo says

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“Nigeria more divided now, than during the Civil War” – Obasanjo says

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has raised concern about the divisions in the country. The former Civil War general said that Nigerians are even more divided now than during that brutal war.

Backstory: Obasanjo who left office in 2007 after serving two terms, made this observation on Thursday while addressing attendees at the 2019 annual retreat/conference and general meeting of members of the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria in Abeokuta, Ogun state, where he was a guest speaker.

“When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are today. Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership seriously. Partnership within our people and partnership within Africa and the rest of the world,” he said.

The Five Ps. Obasanjo spoke on the five Ps namely: Politics; Population; Prosperity; Protection and Partnership.

Speaking on politics, he said, “unless we get governance right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right.”

On Education: “How do we think of making education to be useful? Those people who will make our population over 400 million in years’ time are already born and you cannot unborn them. So, the problem is here, what do we do? “We must provide education for them, housing, healthcare, education for them, and more importantly, employment for them,” he said.

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