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I'm ready to die for Nigeria — Obasanjo

By The Citizen

A former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he can sacrifice his life in the interest of Nigeria. However, he said he would not do the same for any political party.

He said this on Thursday during a visit to his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta by the presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party, Dr. Martins Onovo.

He said since he left office his pre-occupation had been the promotion of the country's interest, adding that it would be f**lish for anyone to say Nigeria did not belong to anybody.

He said, 'My first pre-occupation is what is best for Nigeria. Nigeria first, party second and any other thing, third. I can sacrifice anything in the interest of Nigeria and I can sacrifice my own life for Nigeria.

'I can't sacrifice my life for any party's interest but I'll sacrifice my life in the interest of Nigeria.'

He frowned on the situation where everyone would keep quiet and watch things degenerate in the country.

While commending the late legal icon, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, the founder of the NCP, he said though some people might not agree with his brand of activism, he was a veritable voice of conscience.

He said, 'Let me hasten to wish you every success in your endeavour and also pay tribute, as I have done in my recent book, to the founder of your party, Gani Fawehinmi. I believe he was a genuine social critic. Though you may not agree with all he said or how he went about it but he was definitely a genuine social critic.

'So if you, as the flag bearer of the party, believed that you should follow on his footsteps of integrity and genuine critical and committed analysis and criticism of the situation in the country, I think nobody will fault you.'

He advised the party to accept whatever was the outcome of the election, if the election was free, fair and uninterrupted. He said that people should not necessarily be in government before they could contribute to the nation's development.

He said, 'In this part of the world, we have a saying that if people sleep and they put their heads on the same pillow, they are in danger. That means there should be some people that should be critically looking and watching and also able to speak up. They should speak up, no matter what others may say.

'Because people may come up and say Nigeria doesn't belong to anybody, I believe that is a st*p*d saying. Nigeria belongs to all of us because anything that doesn't belong to anybody, anything can happen to it. For me, Nigeria belongs to all of us and we are stakeholders in this country.

'Let me make my own position clear, I am a card carrying member of the PDP, because that is the party on which platform I became the President of this country.

'If what you're trying to do is in the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians accept and vote for you, who I am I not to accept you as President of Nigeria, I will. But in this your campaign, try to inform, woo and to convince the electorates but whatever may be the outcome of the election after you have done all that, once the election is free and fair and undisturbed, uninterrupted, then you have to accept the verdict of the people.'

Onovo said his government, if voted, would continue with the developmental initiative of the former President.

He said, 'Our programme is designed to lead to the abolition of poverty through full employment, improve health care and electricity supply and energy which are very critical to industrial development.

'We are very aware that you did very few critical things in government when you were there and some of those we wish to continue when we get to office, particularly the anti-corruption efforts, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, we intend to continue.

'We intend, when we get elected with your guidance to your effectiveness, to check the loss in national revenue so that we have funds to carry out the developmental programmes we've promised our people.' - Punch.

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JOHN UGBEDE SIMEON | 1/9/2015 10:35:00 AM
I WISH ALL CITIZEN OF NIGERIAN GOOD STANDARD LIVING. MY MAJOR CONCERN IS OUR LEADER THERE ARE POWER SEAKER WHEN THEY GET TO THE POITION THEY FORGET THEIR PROMISES AND STARTED ACQUIRE AND ACCUMULATE WEALTH TO THEMSELVE . BUT DURIND ELECTION PERIOD THEY BE SAYING ONE NIGERIA ONE NATION , , NIGERIA BELONG ALL OF US. PLS POLITIANS WHEN CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY WILL PROUD U FOR THE GOOD GOVERNMENT?
sulrman ibrahi | 1/23/2015 11:10:00 AM
hello nigerian to my major concern is hone hausa and fulan is nigerian the people hunther dy silav
wy is that eny ting that hausa sa no to the no is yes by yoruba people in noth the population in noth is mor dan west but fring enducation is o lev to unvast bot yoruba people dot du but tody people lyke deny i sha sun one gov is not good. if you leving in notb you whe no but too moro we too late
JAMES NYIAM | 1/26/2015 7:53:00 PM
Fellow Nigeria,one People great Nation,why are we turning the our country into voilence center? Are we no more one Nigeria? Pls we all know politics, as a game of intrest to every one,there is an open floor for every Nigeria to contest once u possess the criteria of goods leadership.politicians should stop causing voilences to inocent peoples,tribalism,religious,against the inocent once,dat knows noting.a good politician can't start with we see in Nigeria today!pls my brothen in christ and Alah let serve our Nation with faith and beleave then we shall go to the pemenent side.thanks
JAMES NYIAM | 1/26/2015 8:10:00 PM
Fellow Nigeria,one People great Nation.Are we really onee nation,why are we turning the our country into voilence center? Are we no more one Nigeria? Pls we all know politics, as a game of intrest to every one,there is an open floor for every Nigeria to contest once u possess the criteria of goods leadership. politicians should stop causing voilences to inocent peoples,tribalism,religious,against the inocent once,dat knows noting. A good politician can't start with what we are seing in Nigeria today! pls my dear brothen in christ and Alah let serve our Nation with faith and beleave and stop taking religion to politics. Then we shall go to the pemenent side.thanks
JAMES NYIAM | 1/26/2015 8:10:00 PM
Fellow Nigeria,one People great Nation.Are we really onee nation,why are we turning the our country into voilence center? Are we no more one Nigeria? Pls we all know politics, as a game of intrest to every one,there is an open floor for every Nigeria to contest once u possess the criteria of goods leadership. politicians should stop causing voilences to inocent peoples,tribalism,religious,against the inocent once,dat knows noting. A good politician can't start with what we are seing in Nigeria today! pls my dear brothen in christ and Alah let serve our Nation with faith and beleave and stop taking religion to politics. Then we shall go to the pemenent side.thanks
bar mrs ify echendu | 1/30/2015 8:45:00 PM
it baffles me that some of our politicians especially the elderly ones who are close to their graves should feed us with white lies. our able OBJ didn't die for us while he was presidio and even when he reluctantly stepped out after much failed attempts. I wonder why he wants to die for d same country he didn't move 4ward. nawa oh for our papa politicians !
Charles Uhegbu | 1/31/2015 9:25:00 AM
Obasanjo has a lot to his credit, but what I don't like about him is the notion that he'll decide each time who will become the next Nigerian President. His antipathy activities are worrisome.
abdulwahab | 2/1/2015 7:04:00 PM
do you,wish in love?
yinka | 2/1/2015 10:33:00 PM
we need to be sincere to ourself, is this country realy moving forward inspite of the enormous resources we have? if corruption is the bane of our development dont you think we need a firm person to deliver us from the hands of these looters who use our wealth to oppress us.Jonathan tried his best bt cannt do more than his charisma. i think we need to consider Buari to test him for 4 years. My brothers & sisters God will nt forgive us if out of sentiment we refuse to make this change. Masses are suffering in the land of gold& silver. The few caucus hold the destiny of millions of people into thier hands. This is unfortunate, Nigerians graduates have to do night vigil to get job when they should be automatically fixed after training.We need a change.
Pastor uc | 2/2/2015 9:45:00 PM
only GOD can do all tinz when he said yes no one can said no to him. so therefor vote for God ist. nd every door in ur life jst open.
alabelewe moshood | 2/3/2015 12:51:00 PM
Base on my observation on Nigeria is that we lack in good governance,NB,many other country their resources are not not standard up to level we can colify
Ekweonu Peter Ik.N | 2/4/2015 2:04:00 PM
When the government is wrongly, mass have to arise.
dausayi kaduna | 2/4/2015 8:38:00 PM
we pray to Allah to make things better
BBHASSAN | 2/5/2015 9:59:00 AM
I call d attention of my fellow nig we should leave all what we are saying, why we are suffering in dis our countries is due to our sins & we turned back to our God dat created us, and dat is why God now send bad & weaked leaders on us, killing us, looting our wealth, and make us slave, we should go back and seak forgiveness of our sins & try to do good and command good, dis d only way dat can lead us through and achieve our aims by God's Grace. By God's Grace our country will be better.
basirat salaudeen | 2/5/2015 10:40:00 AM
To make everything ease in this country is that too love cearing and too fear god
Hon Agune | 2/6/2015 11:48:00 PM
baba tank u for standing for nigeria n ur intergrity remain bless OBJ
musa ango awe lgc | 2/7/2015 10:44:00 AM
please my peaple vote for p.d.p with means vote for goodluck jornathan for secon tearm again in 2015 ellection becouse he is a good leader. thank
eze onyinyechi | 2/7/2015 3:36:00 PM
what d lord has make d leader of our country .an hunsa man can not lead us .for more Dan 17 years they hv bing leading us goodluck is our future he is the best .
Engr P | 2/7/2015 9:25:00 PM
The only problem we have is the Yorubas in 2011 Buhari was not a messiah Becos the party he represented was not a Yoruba party today Tinubu forms a party brings the same Buhari the whole Yoruba race is snging a diffrent tune Object the AGBAYA that wanted to rule us for 3 terms says he can die for Nigeria yeye belente they have forgotten that there is GOD ooo
Doctor | 2/8/2015 10:25:00 PM
Good speech from OBJ.
mathew | 2/11/2015 10:58:00 PM
OBJ go ND sit down u we not be d one to choose our leader for us
ayuk t | 3/24/2015 6:31:00 AM
Death ideas of an old man from ogun
SAM ARABI | 3/27/2015 1:48:00 PM
please my peaple vote for p.d.p with means vote for goodluck jornathan for secon tearm again in 2015 ellection becouse he is a good leader. thank...peace
Beco | 3/29/2015 9:18:00 PM
Watin this old man is talking??he should have lent from former prime minister of Singapore lee Kwan yew ..he will understood what is called a leadership ..this man called lee Kwan yew of Singapore sacrifice his entire life for Singaporeans..he is a mentor and the funding of Singapore.. He brought out Singapore from 3th world country to 1st world country ...old Man U have a lots to learn..
minshawy | 3/29/2015 11:20:00 PM
Assalamu alaikum to my brodas in Islam, Musa ango n eze u pple don't wnt reformatn in Nigeria u ar dos typ of pple dat if dey see a blind man tryng to fall in sid fire u pple wil nt rescue him. U pple show us clear enmity u never love us as we love u pple, wt is dia if a hausa fulani rule Nigeria again despite d fact dat he is capable, entitled n willing to rule d country in equilibrium n equity. Sorry to say wht did Dr. ebele did to d Northerns? U pple wht dem to keep quiet until they ar all conquered. They need cng n dat is it dey wnt. WHO Go DIE MAKI DIE PPlE WANT CHANGE APC APC APC Sai chanji. By d grace of Allah.
minshawy | 3/29/2015 11:21:00 PM
Assalamu alaikum to my brodas in Islam, Musa ango n eze u pple don't wnt reformatn in Nigeria u ar dos typ of pple dat if dey see a blind man tryng to fall in sid fire u pple wil nt rescue him. U pple show us clear enmity u never love us as we love u pple, wt is dia if a hausa fulani rule Nigeria again despite d fact dat he is capable, entitled n willing to rule d country in equilibrium n equity. Sorry to say wht did Dr. ebele did to d Northerns? U pple wht dem to keep quiet until they ar all conquered. They need cng n dat is it dey wnt. WHO Go DIE MAKI DIE PPlE WANT CHANGE APC APC APC Sai chanji. By d grace of Allah.
Mr JERRY. | 3/30/2015 10:56:00 PM
Mr OBJ maid a promesse to niger delta on 2007 to give them the power which surpose from river state.but because of matta of bribe and to mush sponsore of militant in river state change the direction from R S to bayelsa state by appointten G EJ the VP of yaradua.chef OBJ make a promesse to niger delta and he complete it.you are a good state man till tomorrow.a child that not listen to the advaise of his father always face strong chalange.you can t not compare this election to the one of 2011 whit the sopport of chef OBJ.we need the strong presence of GOD.let every one begin to pray to GOD to forgive and to have messie on we leaders because the peace of the three is the peace of the bird.pray for NIGERIA.