‘You must eradicate corruption’ – Obasanjo Tasks General Buhari

‘You must eradicate corruption’ – Obasanjo Tasks General Buhari

By Ekemini Ekwere | News Reporter on April 1, 2015
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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former  President,  Olusegun Obasanjo has congratulated the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu  Buhari over his victory at the presidential polls.

Obasanjo,  in a congratulatory message signed by him, said  his government must reposition some  national institutions such as Military, security power among others which according to him  had been damaged.

He further urged the President-elect to rid the country of corruption  , saying ,youth employment, agribusiness, oil and gas, external affairs, cohesiveness of our nation and ridding our land of corruption that had been damaged.

Olusegun, Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo and John Odigie-Oyegun at a courtesy visit by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Obasanjo on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (Photo Credit: The Scoop)
Olusegun, Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Yemi Osinbajo and John Odigie-Oyegun at a courtesy visit by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Obasanjo on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (Photo Credit: The Scoop)

His statement read:

“I hasten to congratulate you on your success and victory in the Presidential Elections of March 28, 2015.   Your success and victory after three previous unsuccessful attempts must be great object lessons for you and for all politicians, particularly in Nigeria.

“For me, the totality of 2015 elections hold many lessons for our democracy and democratisation process which are both maturing.

“On this occasion, the system has been unnecessarily overheated before and particularly during the campaigns when emphasis was more on trivialities and hate, divisive, undignifying and disrespectful statements and comments rather than on pressing issues requiring attention.

“I know that in victory, you will be magnanimous to start binding the wounds and bitterness occasioned by the campaign and the evil disciples.

“With so much harm already done to many national institutions including the military, which proudly nurtured you and me, you will have a lot to do on institution reform, education, healthcare, economy, security, infrastructure, power, youth employment, agribusiness, oil and gas, external affairs, cohesiveness of our nation and ridding our land of corruption.

“Your varied and wide experience will undoubtedly stand you in good stead.  I am also sure that there are men and women of goodwill, character and virtue across the board that you can mobilise to join hands with you in the reform, repairs and re-direction that will be imperative to put Nigeria back on the fast lane of good governance, unity, cohesiveness, development and progress”, he said.

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