Obasanjo, Adeboye’s raise alarm over killings, 2023 elections
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says President, Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been overwhelmed by insecurity as evidenced by the bomb attack on a Kaduna-bound train last week.
The elder statesman stated this at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, while receiving a People’s Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Dr Ugochukwu Williams, and his team.
Obasanjo however urged Nigerians not allow the situation to overwhelm the country.
“I believe that we need to sit down collectively and look at the situation.”
“A situation where you are not safe on the road, you are not safe on the train, you are not safe at the airport, shows a very serious situation.”
“I believe that all right-thinking Nigerians must know that we have a situation that has overwhelmed the present administration, but we should not allow that situation to overwhelm Nigeria.”
This is just as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, expressed shock over the bombing of the train. Eight persons were confirmed dead in the attack while 184 are still unaccounted for. The cleric, lamenting the economic and security crisis in the country, wondered if the 2023 election would hold at all.
“Talking about myself, as I’m standing before you, I still don’t know whether or not there will be elections next year. The last time there was an election, God spoke to me in June; I don’t know yet about 2023,” he stated.
He said, “You can’t go to Kaduna by road or air because you may be attacked; why Kaduna? Who is trying to isolate Kaduna? From reports, more than 80 per cent of our crude oil is being stolen, who is stealing the oil and where is the money going to? What will they want to do with the money? Who are the foreign nations buying the oil?
“More than 90 per cent of our income is used to pay interest on the money we have borrowed. We are borrowing more; we are moving steadily towards bankruptcy and your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren will be paying debts.”
Despite it all, Adeboye still reminded Nigerians of their civic responsibility while also dispelling rumors that he plans to mobilize the church’s support for a particular presidential candidate.
“You are first a Nigerian before a member of a party; you have a duty to register, vote and make sure your vote counts, you have a duty to belong to a party. You can’t refuse to vote and begin to complain about the government.
“Wait to make sure they count your vote and make sure there is no more rigging. I don’t care who or the party that you vote for.”
He stated, “My assignment has nothing to do with partisan politics. I have never told you the candidate to vote for or the party to belong, because every party is heavily represented here. The only reason I have never voted is that if I vote for anyone, I will be unjust to the rest of my children and I’m the father of all.