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Obasanjo says 2023 polls shameful, urges next government to end ethnic division

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, described the just-concluded general elections as a “sickening show of shame,” saying that efforts should be made by patriotic Nigerians to not only correct it but prevent reoccurrence.

Speaking in Abuja at the presentation of a book authored by Prof. Tunji Olaopa, the former president said he is too old to keep quiet on national issues, noting that the outcome of the election has made Nigeria more divided than ever before and the country more corroded than what its founding fathers had in mind.

Obasanjo said with the current situation on ground, it would not be out of place for a national reconciliation, which will assuage the feelings of aggrieved Nigerians, particularly, the youth population.

He, therefore, urged the incoming administration to put measures in place that would foster national reconciliation, as “efforts are required to rescue the country from its launch into dystopia and it would only be possible with a common vision.”

He criticised the growing debt profile and spending spree of government at all tiers, especially those at the helm of affairs currently, likening the situation to “spending like a drunken sailor.

Obasanjo, however, advised that for reforms to take root, there must be political will and concerted effort to drive it by all stakeholders in Nigeria. On the issues of reforms, he said governance in Nigeria now calls for thinking outside the box in terms of development financing.

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