Obasanjo Preaches Continuity, Knocks Politicians Trying To Reinvent Nigeria Overnight
Written by City Radio on January 26, 2023
He warned that without retracing the nation’s political steps to the right direction, the current process will either not produce the right leaders or it will leave so many broken blocks on the path to governance.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says ascension to political offices does not empower incumbents to destroy policies and programmes of their predecessors.
He said while it does not matter the party a predecessor belonged to, new leaders should sustain the policies and projects of their predecessors in as much as the programmes are in the interest of the people.
Obasanjo spoke on Thursday at The International Conference On ‘Deepening Democratic Culture and Institutions for Sustainable Development and Security in Nigeria’ in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State.
The speech of Obasanjo, who was Nigeria’s democratically elected President between 1999 and 2007, comes just a few weeks to the February 25 and March 11, 2023 general elections.
The former President said democracy is not a one-day wonder, noting that there must be continuity and predictability of policies despite change in leadership.
Obasanjo lamented that electoral litigations has now become a thing of luck because political actors don’t play by the rules.
“We fail to understand that democracy is not a one shot game. It is evolutionary and it takes time to ground the practice. It is not for quick change and indeed, if we play by the rules, we would all realise that regimes or governments can change but the tenets remain constant.
Obasanjo warned without retracing the nation’s political steps to the right direction, the current process will either not produce the right leaders or it will leave so many broken blocks on the path to governance.
The result will be democratic quagmire, increased corruption, insecurity and survival of the fittest, richest and better connected with little or no recognition of merits, he said.