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Why I Refused Gani Adam’s Request To Visit Me – Obasanjo
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Why I Refused Gani Adam’s Request To Visit Me – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he had no quarrel with the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams. The former president said he had refused to grant Adams’ request to visit him when he was president and after he left the office. Obasanjo said he had a reservation for Adams’ past way of life,­ which he said, was not in acc­ordance with his standards­ and principles. Obasanjo said his meeting with Adams at the residence of a chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Le­kki was not on a reconciliatory mission. Obasanjo in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Wednesday, said he paid a visit to Adebanjo, but, met Adams there. The statement was titled “No fight to warrant r­econciliation with Ad­ams – Obasanjo”. The stateme...
How Rawlings Intervened When Abacha Wanted To Destroy My Organisation – Obasanjo
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How Rawlings Intervened When Abacha Wanted To Destroy My Organisation – Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo says he will remain indebted to Jerry Rawlings, former Ghanaian president who passed away on Thursday. In a condolence letter to the people of Ghana, Obasanjo described Rawlings as a “reliable friend, ally and confidant” whom he said played a key role in achieving the objectives of the Africa Leadership Forum, (ALF), a non-governmental organization he (Obasanjo) founded in 1988 to develop leadership capacities in Africa. Obasanjo said Rawlings supported and accommodated his staff in relocating the organisation to Ghana at a time when Sanni Abacha, former military head of state, wanted to have them destroyed after he (Obasanjo) was arrested and imprisoned on a trumped-up charge of coup plotting in 1995. “No doubt, his generous assistance to ALF an...
Obasanjo Reveals Why Atiku’s And Ekwueme Alliance In 2003 collapsed
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Obasanjo Reveals Why Atiku’s And Ekwueme Alliance In 2003 collapsed

Ex-President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said the alliance of his former deputy, Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, with the late Alex Ekwueme, during the 2003 presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), collapsed after Ekwueme lost at the poll. Obasanjo revealed this on Thursday at the public presentation of ‘Amazing Grace’, a biography of former Oyo State Governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, in Ibadan, Oyo state. He was correcting a part in the book, where the author claimed Atiku backed down before the primary poll. “Again, Atiku did not back down as you claimed until Alex Ekwueme was defeated at the primary of PDP in 2003. “Atiku’s agreement with Ekwueme was to be Ekwueme’s running mate and Ekwueme, as President, spending three years and resign...
#EndSARS: What Obasanjo Told Buhari At Virtual Meeting – Fani-kayode Reveals
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#EndSARS: What Obasanjo Told Buhari At Virtual Meeting – Fani-kayode Reveals

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has commended ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo for telling President Muhammadu Buhari the truth during a meeting on Friday. Recall that Buhari had met with former leaders of Nigeria including Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday over the tension in the country. Giving details in a tweet on Saturday, Fani-Kayode accused Buhari of telling former leaders that #End SARS protesters were turning violent across the country: Glad that OBJ told Buhari the bitter truth at their meeting after he claimed that the protests were turning violent. OBJ countered by telling him that the protests were peaceful until sponsored and viol...
EndSARS: Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, security chiefs, others in crucial meeting
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EndSARS: Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, security chiefs, others in crucial meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently hosting a virtual meeting with former Nigerian leaders and senior government officials. Those believed to be in attendance at the closed-door virtual meeting include ex-presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ernest Shonekan and Yakubu Gowon. Senior officials physically attending the meeting at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno. The heads of various security agencies like the police and the SSS are also attending the meeting which commenced at about 9 a.m. Although details of the meeting, which ...
EndSARS: Obasanjo Reacts To Violence Against Protesters, Appeals For Calm
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EndSARS: Obasanjo Reacts To Violence Against Protesters, Appeals For Calm

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written an eight paragraph letter to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to address Nigerians on the state of the nation. Statement by H_E Olusegun Obasanjo on the violence and chaos across Nigeria STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST PROTESTERS IN NIGERIA: AN APPEAL FOR CALM It is With a heavy heart and a deep sense of concern about the ongoing violence, chaos and unrest In many parts of Nigeria that I make this appeal to the government and people of our dear country, Nigeria to eschew violence and embrace peace and dialogue in finding solutions to the challenges we face as a country. I particularly appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacities as President of Nigeria, Commander ln-Chicf of the Armed Forces, and as a parent of yout...
Third Term Agenda: How We Stopped Lawmakers From Collecting ₦50m Bribe – Osoba
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Third Term Agenda: How We Stopped Lawmakers From Collecting ₦50m Bribe – Osoba

Aremo Olusegun Osoba, a former governor of Ogun state has revealed how leaders of the defunct Action Congress (now APC) came together to ensure the third term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was killed. Osoba, who was responding to Chief Ayo Adebanjo who accused him of being a sell-out on restructuring said he alongside Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande and other leaders instructed lawnakers elected on the party’s platform not to accept the N50m bribe being offered by the Third term agenda proponents then. He also said they collaborated with eminent Nigerians across the country such as General Muhammadu Buhari, Uche Chukwumerije, Ben Obi and others to ensure that the Bill on Third term did not scale second reading at the Senate. “If we are not fighting for emanci...
Nigeria Was Not Completely Debt Free In 2007, As Claimed By Atiku Abubakar
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Nigeria Was Not Completely Debt Free In 2007, As Claimed By Atiku Abubakar

FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, stated that Nigeria experienced an unprecedented economic boom with a 6 per cent annual growth and paid off its debt when former President Olusegun Obasanjo and himself managed the nation’s affairs. In a Twitter post, he described the period between 1999 and 2007 when he served as vice president of the country as a time of national restoration for the country when the country was without debt. “Between 1999 and 2007, Nigeria paid off her entire foreign debt while maintaining an unprecedented 6 per cent annual GDP growth. “Those were periods of national restoration, and I am very proud of the work President Obasanjo and I did for this nation we care so much for. Facts don’t lie,” he tweeted. But this is not a true statement, ...
Buhari must retraces his steps or else there will be no Nigeria left by 2023 – Femi Fani Kayode
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Buhari must retraces his steps or else there will be no Nigeria left by 2023 – Femi Fani Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, says unless President Buhari "retraces his steps in presiding over the affairs of the nation, there will be no Nigeria left by 2023."   Femi Fani Kayode stated this in a post shared on his Facebook page this evening. His post comes days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo opined that Nigeria is slowly becoming a failed and divided state under the Buhari-led administration.   Read FFK's post below In 2015 I said Buhari WOULD divide Nigeria, you didn't believe me. In 2017 I said Buhari HAD divided Nigeria, you didn't believe me. In 2019 I said Buhari had pushed Nigeria to the BRINK of disintegration, you didn't believe me. Today I say unless Buhari retraces his steps and we build bridges between ourselves th...
Buhari Prevented Nigeria From Becoming Failed State – Lai Mohammed
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Buhari Prevented Nigeria From Becoming Failed State – Lai Mohammed

In an apparent response to criticism by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts prevented Nigeria from becoming a failed state. PREMIUM TIMES reported Mr Obasanjo’s Friday statement that Nigeria was “fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state.The presidency in a separate statement Sunday replied Mr Obasanjo, describing him as Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’. In his statement sent by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, Mr Mohammed did not mention Mr Obasanjo’s name but said, “Those who genuinely love Nigeria will support, rather than subvert,” Mr Buhari’s “committed leadership.” Read Mr Mohammed’s full statement below. President Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office in 2015 prevented Nigeri...
You Are Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’, Presidency Replies Obasanjo
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You Are Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’, Presidency Replies Obasanjo

Presidency has replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over his recent comment against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Obasanjo had at an interactive session with some socio-cultural groups in Abuja on Friday, said that Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state, noting that the country is economically becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world. According to him: “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...
Only Buhari Can Look Obasanjo In The Eye And Survive It – Adesina
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Only Buhari Can Look Obasanjo In The Eye And Survive It – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says only his principal has enough confidence to confront former President Olusegun Obasanjo, tell him his honest opinion on things “and survive it”. Obasanjo and Buhari have a few things in common. Obasanjo was Nigeria’s military head of state between February 13, 1976, and September 30, 1979. He later became a civilian President from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. Buhari also ruled as military head of state from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985, before returning as a democratically elected leader on May 29, 2015. Adesina, in a piece titled, ‘Buhari Applause For Akinwumi Adesina’, compared Obasanjo to “America and some other world powers”, adding that “you have every r...
Man In Court For Trespassing On Obasanjo’s Land In Ota, Ogun State
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Man In Court For Trespassing On Obasanjo’s Land In Ota, Ogun State

A 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Ibuoye, has appeared before an Ogun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ota for alleged trespassing on the farmland of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Ota. Ibuoye, who was arraigned on four counts bordering on the breach of the peace, forceful entry, causing damages and conspiracy, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The police prosecutor, Inspector Rosemary Samson, told the court that the defendant and others at large committed the offences on August 26, 2020, at the Obasanjo Farm Limited, Ota. Samson said the defendant and his accomplices were armed with weapons and allegedly conspired among themselves and forced their way into the farm, thereby conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace. She also alleged that the d...
Second Niger Bridge: Buhari Did What OBJ, Yar’adua, Jonathan Couldn’t – Adesina
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Second Niger Bridge: Buhari Did What OBJ, Yar’adua, Jonathan Couldn’t – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Friday gave details of how former Presidents elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deceived Nigerians with the Second Niger Bridge project. In his weekly article titled ‘ My Mercedes Is Bigger Than Yours’, Adesina said former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria from 1999 to 2007; Umaru Musa Yar’adua who was President from 2007 to 2010 and his successor, Goodluck Jonathan only used the Second Niger Bridge project as a campaign promise during the 16 year reign of the PDP. He said “We can never say too much about the Second Niger Bridge. The existing one was built in 1965, and had become totally inadequate to serve as the artery between the southern and other parts of the ...
I Wish To Live Beyond 100 – Obasanjo
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I Wish To Live Beyond 100 – Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he wished to live beyond 100 so as to have more opportunities to celebrate with the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakare, Jamolu II. Obasanjo was part of the dignitaries present at the first anniversary of the monarch held in Abeokuta on Tuesday. Oba Bakare received the staff of office from former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on May 21, 2019, as the 9th Agura of Gbagura in Egbaland. The monarch while commemorating his anniversary held interdenominational service with believers of all faiths and commissioned a borehole for the community. Obasanjo, who clocked 83 this year, while speaking at the interdenominational service, said he wished to be at the 20th anniversary of the monarch. He said, “I will be here to celebrate your...
“Squeeze Them Out”: Obasanjo Advises Youths To Wrest Power From Older Generation
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“Squeeze Them Out”: Obasanjo Advises Youths To Wrest Power From Older Generation

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned African youths to note that leadership position would not come their way until they “squeeze older generation out of office”. Obasanjo also advised the youths to demand that affirmative action is encapsulated in the constitution of political parties, as part of strategies to ease out old generation of leaders. He spoke on Wednesday while delivering a keynote address at a virtual interactive session with youths to mark this year’s International Youth Day. The programme was organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta. Participants of the meeting cut across Nigeria, Mali, United States, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. He noted that unless the leade...
Fear Of Probe Made Military Manipulate 1999 Election In Obasanjo’s Favour – Falae
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Fear Of Probe Made Military Manipulate 1999 Election In Obasanjo’s Favour – Falae

Chief Olu Falae, a former Min­ister of Finance and Secretary to the Government of the Fed­eration (SGF), said on Wednes­day that fear of probe was pri­marily responsible for why the military foisted former Pres­ident Olusegun Obasanjo on Nigerians in 1999. Falae, who said he won the presidential election, claimed that the military hierarchy who organised the election then preferred one of their own to win in order to protect their interests and shield them from investiga­tions. According to the result re­leased by the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commission (INEC), Obasanjo, who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), de­feated Olu Falae, who was the joint candidate of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD). Speaking in a...
People Can Mourn Me The Way They Like When I Die – Obasanjo:
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People Can Mourn Me The Way They Like When I Die – Obasanjo:

Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has responded to the criticisms that have trailed his controversial condolence message on the passing of Buruji Kashamu, a former senator and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State. Mr Obasanjo, in the condolence message, said late Mr Kashamu, who was wanted in the U.S for alleged drug offences, was able to escape justice but could not evade death. “Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” Mr Obasanjo said. “But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical manoeuvre could stop the cold hands of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up. “May All...
Kashamu: Let’s Be Kind To The Dead, Tinubu Tells Obasanjo
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Kashamu: Let’s Be Kind To The Dead, Tinubu Tells Obasanjo

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu as a big loss to not only the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigeria as a whole. The former Lagos state governor in his condolence message also took a jibe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, imploring him and other Nigerians to be “kind to the dead”. Obasanjo in a his condolence letter to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state had claimed that even though Kashamu used the maneuver of law and politics to escape justice from alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside, he could not escape death as no legal or political maneuver could stop the cold hand of death. Tinubu in apparent response to Obasanjo’s remark said “Kashamu’s sudden death...
Foreign Affairs Ministry and UN Office in Nigeria denies knowledge of Uno State of Cameroon
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Foreign Affairs Ministry and UN Office in Nigeria denies knowledge of Uno State of Cameroon

The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Office in Nigeria have denied knowledge of the carving out of a country from Nigeria and Cameroon. The new country whose name is Uno State of Cameroon was billed for proclamation by the United Nations on July 10, 2020. In the map of the new country, Nigeria will lose 24 local councils which were said to be captured in the green tree agreement, signed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo for Nigeria and Paul Biya for Cameroun in 2006. Though some online media referenced the agreement, which gave July 10, 2020, as date for implementation, a source in the united nations has described it as false, saying he does not create countries.
Obasanjo Sacks Staff Of His Presidential Library, Refuses To Pay Salaries
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Obasanjo Sacks Staff Of His Presidential Library, Refuses To Pay Salaries

 former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has sacked staff of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, SaharaReporters says. In a letter by its Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement, Olanike Ogunleye, the management of the OPL said the organisation was overwhelmed by the adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and had found it hard to sustain its workforce. The letter reads in part, "As you are aware, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a toll on all our business significantly. This has resulted to making some difficult business decisions. Due to this situation, we regret to inform you that your employment will be put on hold till further notice. "You are to hand over all company properties in your possession to the human resource dep...
African leaders back Adesina, say no nation has veto power over AfDB
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African leaders back Adesina, say no nation has veto power over AfDB

  At least 15 African leaders Friday said they were “concerned” by the allegations against the president of African Development Bank Akinwunmi Adesina and insisted that no nation would be allowed to control the 56-year-old institution. Those who signed the statement included former Nigerian presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, whom Adesina served as agriculture minister, Ghana’s John Kuffour, former Malawian President Joyce Banda and former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Tunisia’s Mohamed Marzouki, Tanzania’s Benjamin Mkapa and former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn also signed the statement. “No nation, regardless of how powerful, has a veto power over the African Development Bank, and no nation should have such power,” the African...
Obasanjo Would Have Insulted Those Demanding Presidential Address – Femi Adesina
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Obasanjo Would Have Insulted Those Demanding Presidential Address – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has faulted those demanding that the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), addresses Nigerians on the COVID-19 pandemic. Adesina said this in an article titled, ‘If you can’t take blows brother, don’t throw blows’, which was posted on his Facebook page. He said if it were former President Olusegun Obasanjo that was still in power, he would have insulted those calling on him to address them. Adesina was reacting to the criticisms he received from a large section of Nigerians over his outing during a programme on 95.1 Nigeria Info FM Abuja. Many Nigerians slammed Adesina for saying the fact that they voted for Buhari didn’t give them the right to order him around. ‘IF YOU CAN’T TAKE BLOWS BROTH...
80 Million Africans Could Be Pushed Into Extreme Poverty If Action Is Not Taken – Olusegun Obasanjo
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80 Million Africans Could Be Pushed Into Extreme Poverty If Action Is Not Taken – Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has warned that the African continent could suffer the most from the economic fall out of Coronavirus if measures aren’t taken towards boosting agriculture in the region As at Thursday morning, the African continent has suffered 72,391 cases of Coronavirus, of which there have been 2,493 deaths and 25,269 recoveries with Nigeria having 4,971 cases of the novel Coronavirus Obasanjo, alongside ex-Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Desalegn Boshe, has now detailed steps Africa must take if the continent is to survive post-Covid-19. Giving the warning on Thursday during a publication on the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s website, Obasanjo and Boshe said, “Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the C...
2023: Ohanaeze To Meet Buhari, Obasanjo, Atiku, Tinubu Over Igbo Presidency
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2023: Ohanaeze To Meet Buhari, Obasanjo, Atiku, Tinubu Over Igbo Presidency

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has stated its position on the quest for Igbo presidency in 2023. OYC said after the coronavirus crisis is over, it will commence a persuasive approach and aggressive consultative negotiations. The body listed those to be engaged as President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, Atiku. A statement on Friday by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, OYC President and Okwu Nnabuike, the Secretary, on Friday, warned power brokers, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other stakeholders of the grave consequences of leadership imposition on Nigerians. It reminded of the need to respect “the gentleman’s agreement of rotational pres...
How Abba Kyari Almost Became Obasanjo’s Vice-President, Mamman Daura Tells
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How Abba Kyari Almost Became Obasanjo’s Vice-President, Mamman Daura Tells

A nephew and confidant of the President, Mamman Daura, has revealed that during the run-up to the 1999 Presidential election, Abba Kyari was among those considered for the position of running mate to Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo who was the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. Daura said this in a tribute to Kyari, the late chief of staff to the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). He wrote, “These times coincided with the country’s return to democracy and Malam Abba was among those enthusiastically espousing the cause of General Obasanjo. On his selection as PDP candidate, a group of women and youths in the PDP lobbied Obasanjo to pick Malam Abba as his Vice Presidential running mate. After heated debates, Obasanjo eventually picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.” ...
No Record of How Obasanjo, Yar’adua and Jonathan Spent Abacha’s $5bn Loot – FG
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No Record of How Obasanjo, Yar’adua and Jonathan Spent Abacha’s $5bn Loot – FG

The Federal Government has revealed that they have no records of the exact amount of public funds stolen by a former military head of state, Sani Abacha and no records of how the administrations .of Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan spent about $5 billion of the loot recovered between 1999 and 2015. The disclosure was made after Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to Mr Abukabar Malami (SAN) Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning on “information on the exact amount of public funds stolen by Abacha, and details of spending of about $5 billion recovered loot since the return of democracy in 1999.” The FoI r...
We Must Address Restructuring Now – Obasanjo
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We Must Address Restructuring Now – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria needs to address the matter of restructuring now. He said failure to do this might lead to grave consequences. Obasanjo spoke in Lagos on Saturday at the first memorial lecture of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress, Dr Fredrick Fasehun. Obasanjo lamented the increasing rate of insecurity in the country, saying Boko Haram had continued to wax stronger over 12 years. He said Nigeria could not afford to be plunged into another war at this time because such might not be easy to win. He said, “When I was elected President the agitation was true federalism but now it is restructuring. “If we don’t address it they may go from restructuring to self-determination and this will be a serious problem. “If Boko Haram can g...
If Obasanjo Had Been In Power Today, The Terrorists That Plague Our Land Would Have Been History – FFK
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If Obasanjo Had Been In Power Today, The Terrorists That Plague Our Land Would Have Been History – FFK

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode is of the opinion that if former President ”Olusegun Obasanjo had been in power today, Boko Haram would have been history.’ Sharing his opinion via his Twitter handle, FFK wrote If OBJ had been in power today the terrorists that plague our land would have been history. He was a President that loved his people & that had integrity, courage, power & strength. He would have crushed BH, ISWA & the Fulani militias & despatched them to hell long ago.
Buhari Not Invited But Jonathan And Obasanjo Are Invited To World Summit 2020
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Buhari Not Invited But Jonathan And Obasanjo Are Invited To World Summit 2020

Former Presidents of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, and Olusegun Obasanjo, met at the ongoing World Summit 2020, focused on ways to ensuring peace around the world. In a tweet on Tuesday, Jonathan expressed his delight at meeting with Obasanjo. Jonathan served as the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015, while Obasanjo served as Military Head of State from 1976 to 1979, and later as President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Announcing their meeting, Jonathan tweeted: “I was delighted to meet His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at the ongoing World Summit 2020, in Seoul, South Korea, where we joined Leaders from across the world to make a case for lasting peace, interdependence, and shared values among the world’s peoples and nations.” Recall, that Jonathan jetted out of t...
“Obasanjo, Shagari, Yar’adua, Jonathan Never Wanted To Be President” – Tony Momoh
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“Obasanjo, Shagari, Yar’adua, Jonathan Never Wanted To Be President” – Tony Momoh

Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information on Monday said only President Muhammadu Buhari became president of Nigeria by choice, adding that other past presidents in the country only came into office by accidents. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Momoh said past presidents such as Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan never wanted to be presidents but were picked by some powerbrokers for the position. According to Momoh, Buhari Nigeria more than any other politician in Nigeria and that was why he joined politics in order to better the lives of the citizens. “Buhari understood Nigeria more than any other politician in Nigeria. That being the case, he knew what Nigeria wanted before he came into politics. When he came into politics in 2...
Mompha Flaunts New Ride, Trolls Friends Abusing Him For Doing Skit With Broda Shaggi
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Mompha Flaunts New Ride, Trolls Friends Abusing Him For Doing Skit With Broda Shaggi

Popular Nigerian Socialite, Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha featured in a skit by popular comedian, Broda Shaggi. The Dubai based big boy, received heavy backlash from Internet user over the comedy skit. In the skit, Mompha had played the role of a wealthy individual that was being accosted by officials of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF). Reacting to criticisms, Mompha stated that he does not understand why people were getting triggered over his feature. He said that the people talking against the skit were nowhere to be found when he was going through a bad time, yet, the same set of people frown against his decision to support Broda Shaggi. Mompha went on to share a skit that featured former president Olusegun Obasanjo. He stated that if the revered leader can...
Lauretta Onochie Accuses Obasanjo, Ezekwesili Of Influencing Corruption Index
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Lauretta Onochie Accuses Obasanjo, Ezekwesili Of Influencing Corruption Index

Presidential aide Lauretta Onochie has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the former minister of education Oby Ezekwesili of influencing Nigeria’s latest position on the 2019 global corruption index. Onochie uploaded the duo’s picture on her Twitter account which she captioned ” here are the #AngryBirds who Founded Transparency International Should we listen to them? NO!” “Should we lose sleep over their rating? NOPE! What should we do with their latest trash? BIN IT!” Nigeria is currently ranked 146 out of the 180 countries on the 2019 corruption perception index, according to Transparency International. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption in the opinion of experts and business people, using a scal...
Obasanjo Breaks Silence On His Son’s Crashed Marriage To Adebutu’s Daughter
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Obasanjo Breaks Silence On His Son’s Crashed Marriage To Adebutu’s Daughter

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the crashed marriage between his son, Olujuwon and the daughter of his friend, a prominent philanthropist, Chief Kesington Adebutu, has nothing to do with their friendship. Obasanjo broke his silence on Saturday in Abeokuta, two years after the marriage crumbled during the conferment of first honorary member on Adebutu at the 45th President’s party of Abeokuta Sports Club. The children of the two prominent Nigerians got married in May 2017 but later broke up nearly one year later. Obasanjo, who handled the conferment on Adebutu on behalf of the club, said their children got married of their own volition hence, he and his friend should not be made to pay for the consequence of the crashed marriage. He said, “The honoree of today has render...
Obasanjo And Peter Obi Condole With Obi Ezeude, CEO Of Beloxxi
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Obasanjo And Peter Obi Condole With Obi Ezeude, CEO Of Beloxxi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and PDP Vice Presidential candidate/former Anambra state Governor, Peter Obi and other dignitaries on Sunday December 29 paid a condolence visit to the family of Industrialist and Chief Executive of Beloxxi Industries Limited, Obi Ezeude at Uke Community in Anambra State over the death of his eldest brother, Engr Emmanuel IK Ezeude. Photos: Obi Ezeude/Beloxxi
Obasanjo Says Nigeria Faces Impending Bankruptcy
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Obasanjo Says Nigeria Faces Impending Bankruptcy

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday in Lagos expressed deep concern about Nigeria’s current debt profile and warned the Federal Government against “impending bankruptcy.” Obasanjo was a keynote speaker at the “Why I am Alive” campaign celebration in Lagos on Friday. Nigeria’s external debt, he said, grew by as much as 700 percent to N24.947 trillion ($81.2.74 billion), from $10.32 billion in just four years (2015), meaning that the country would have to commit half of its foreign earnings to servicing its current level of indebtedness. “Such a situation talks about impending bankruptcy,” the former president warned. He insisted that “no entity can survive while devoting 50 percent of its revenue to debt servicing.” He explained that the current budget out of which ...
Obasanjo Criticizes Ambode For Abandoning Lagos Rail Project
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Obasanjo Criticizes Ambode For Abandoning Lagos Rail Project

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode for abandoning the Lagos light rail project while he was the governor of the state between 2015 and 2019. “We borrowed to build a light rail in Lagos, embarked on the project and a succeeding governor abandoned the project for his full term of four years at 65 per cent completion when he should have started paying down on the loan,” Obasanjo said on Friday in Lagos as a keynote speaker at the “Why I am Alive” campaign. Obasanjo also criticised Ambode of prioritising the construction of Oshodi bus interchange. The terminus was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari days before Ambode left office even though the project was not completed. The formal construction of the rai...
I Stopped Attending Arabic School Over Fear Of Cane – Obasanjo
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I Stopped Attending Arabic School Over Fear Of Cane – Obasanjo

Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that he attended Arabic school known in Yoruba as Ile Kewu for some time until he ran away because of the cane. The former president said this during a lecture on tolerance between Christians and Muslims in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Obasanjo urged Nigerians to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours towards deepening national unity and development, adding that Nigeria would have been a better place if adherents of various religions especially Islam and Christianity imbibed harmonious living. He said, “If we can live in peace with our neighbour at the local, community, state, national, continental and global level, what a different world it would have been. “Let me tell you, I went to Ile Kewu (Arabic school). In my...
If Only Igbos Have Functional Sea Port In Igbo Land – Obasanjo
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If Only Igbos Have Functional Sea Port In Igbo Land – Obasanjo

Many Igbo feel politically and economically marginalised, and the government’s hardline stance is not helping. 50 years after Nigeria’s then Eastern Region declared itself the Republic of Biafra, sparking a brutal and costly three-year civil war, the country again faces a separatist challenge. Across the Igbo south east, there is resurgent agitation for an independent Biafra state. President Muhammadu Buhari’s forceful response to the agitation has been counter-productive, inflaming passions and boosting separatist sentiments. The government needs to change course and prioritise dialogue over coercion. The starting point of any response is to understand the agitation’s roots. They include political and economic grievances, a deep sense of collective victimisation among the Igb...
Photos From Ogun State 2019 Christmas Carol
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Photos From Ogun State 2019 Christmas Carol

As part of the yuletide celebration, the Ogun State Government led by Gov. Dapo Abiodun observed the state 2019 Christmas Carol which took place at June 12 Cultural Centre. The Governor in his statement during the event urged the people of the state to foster the culture of love and communal living during the Yuletide. Also present at the event was former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunke, Evang Ebenezer Obey and a host of others. Below are photos from the event
Politics

Obasanjo Pays Surprise Visit To El-Rufai In Kaduna

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has paid a surprise visit to the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai. The former president was welcomed to the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House by the Kaduna governor, his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe and other top government officials.
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$30b Loan: Buhari Has Carried Out More Projects Than OBJ, Yar’Adua, GEJ – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has berated those criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s $30b loan request, accusing them of ignorance. Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Sagay said those claiming that in less than five years, President Buhari has borrowed more than his predecessors combined since 1999 are hypocrites who failed to match the loans with massive projects on the ground. He argued that since taking over in 2015, President Buhari has carried out more projects than former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan. ” I will say that he has effected and carried out more projects than Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, and Jonathan. You do not achieve all these by air. It is money ...
I Am Not Afraid Of Death – Olusegun Obasanjo
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I Am Not Afraid Of Death – Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he won’t act like a coward for fear of death. According to him, he will continue to raise the alarm when things are not right in the country. Obasanjo said these at the two-day interactive session of the Presidential Youth Mentorship Retreat held at the Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta. The former army officer, who spoke at the event on Monday and Tuesday, said his major concern was to build leaders who would lead Africa to the Promised Land. He said God had favoured him to live long after serving as Head of State and President of the country. Obasanjo said the purpose of the retreat was to facilitate the rel
If Jesus Were In Nigeria Today, He Won’t Keep Quiet – Obasanjo
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If Jesus Were In Nigeria Today, He Won’t Keep Quiet – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday said if Jesus Christ were to be in Nigeria at this time, he would not keep quiet on the situation of the country. Obasanjo stated this in his goodwill message at the 64th annual national convention of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria held at the church campground on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ajebo, Ogun State. The convention also featured installation of the new General Overseer of the church, Rev. Samuel Aboyeji, who took over from the immediate-past General Overseer, Rev. Felix Meduoye. Obasanjo, who disclosed that he first attended the church’s convention soon after he was released from prison, said the 64th convention was his fourth time of attending the church annual programme. Apparently reacting to the state of t...
Alibaba Meets With Obasanjo In His House In Abeokuta
Celebs

Alibaba Meets With Obasanjo In His House In Abeokuta

Popular comedian Alibaba Meets with Nigeria ex president Olusegun Obasanjo in his home in Abeokuta Ogun state, Praizenews report. Sharing the short clip on his page, he wrote ; One of the consequences of being a global citizen, is being on call for international appointments and meetings. _ Baba is busy... so I had to sneak into Abeokuta this evening to spend some time with him, before he jets out again. _ We didnt have much time to discuss national issues. But one that came up was the establishment of the Beloxxi biscuit factory in Agbarha Estate, Ogun State. _ We need to establish more factories that will manufacture things we import. By so doing, we will create jobs, save foreign exchange, transfer knowledge to employees and improve the quality of life. _ There is no reason, c...
Obasanjo Wows Akinwumi Adesina With His Dance At His Foundation Launch In US
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Obasanjo Wows Akinwumi Adesina With His Dance At His Foundation Launch In US

Here is a video of the moment Former President Olusegun Obasanjo thrilled the audience and specially wowed the President African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina at an event. The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina and his wife recently launched a foundation in the USA. Adesina launched the World Hunger Fighters Foundation in Iowa, USA to fight famine in the world. Among those present at the event was former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. The AfDB president declared his gratitude for OBJ’s presence via his Twitter handle. In the tweet was a video of Obasanjo dancing to Yoruba praise song. Also at the launch was Ambassador Quinn, the president of World Food Prize, as the event also served as a send-off for him. Adesina described Quinn...