COVID-19 disruptions could push 80 million Africans into extreme poverty Obasanjo

Former Nigerias president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and ex-Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Desalegn Boshe, have warned that COVID-19 response should be focused on food security, agribusiness, and rural development. They warned that the continent could be the worst hit from the economic fallout of COVID-19. They estimated that 80 million Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty with the disruptions caused by COVID-19 on the food system. The ex-African nations leaders gave the warning in a publication on the International Fund for Agricultural Developments website on Thursday. In the publication, which they…

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Fight against COVID-19 must be collective Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the death of Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as a great sadness. Obasanjo in his condolence letter addressed to Buhari on Saturday said Kyaris death should be a solemn reminder to Nigerians that the fight against COVID-19 requires a collective effort. Abba Kyari, who died on Friday in Lagos of Coronavirus, was buried in Abuja on Saturday according to Islamic rites. The letter reads, I received the news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief…

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How Gowon, others saved Obasanjo from impeachment Anyim

A former President of the Senate and ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, has said members of the National Assembly were aggrieved with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the reason why they wanted to impeach him. Anyim said the lawmakers were aggrieved that several presiding officers were removed under Obasanjos administration but were blackmailed from impeaching the President, ThePUNCH reports. The former lawmaker said their grievances were expressed at a meeting by the Council of State, confirming the comment recently made by a former Head of State,…

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Again, Obasanjo writes Buhari, raises alarm over four avoidable calamities

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently devise measures to forestall likely division of the nation, as Nigeria is on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay. In the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said the president should consider the urgent action and avoid a similar situation that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia, identifying issues of insecurity across the nation. According to him, Nigerians are beginning…

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How we begged Na’Abba, Anyim not to impeach Obasanjo – Gowon

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) said they begged the former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali Umar NaAbba and former Senate President, Pius Anyim, not to impeach former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in other to sustain democracy in the country and save his successors from suffering same fate. Gowon, who spoke at the inaugural public lecture tagged Nation Building or Nation Fragmentation: Reflection on 20 years of Post- Military Rule in Nigeria in honour of late Major General Emmanuel Olumuyiwa Abisoye, organized by the Major General Emmanuel Olumuyiwa…

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Obasanjo makes fresh demand from Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the Federal Government to sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFT) agreement. Obasanjo made the call at the ongoing 2019 Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Thursday in Moscow Russia. He said Nigeria had no justifiable reason for not signing the agreement as countries like Eritrea, Niger and even Benin that were our neighbors had signed. I dont think there is any confusion. I was talking to somebody in government in Nigeria not long ago, he said we would be like a sleeping giant…

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Why Obasanjo did not honour Abiola Okupe

Former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe, yesterday, defended former President Olusegun Obasanjos failure to immortalise the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola. Obasanjo had at various times come under attack for not honouring Abiola, his townsman and fellow Yoruba, who was believed to have won the 1993 presidential election election. But Okupe who spoke in Abeokuta at the maiden edition of a commemorative lecture to mark June 12 Democracy Day, which was organised by Ladi Adebutu Development Organization, absolved his former boss of the blame.…

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Buhari govt driving Nigeria towards disaster, instability Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is driving Nigeria towards disaster and instability. Obasanjo, in an interview with Premium Times, noted that although the country had made considerable progress since the new dispensation began in 1999, the current pace was poor. He said: I think we have no choice but to be on the path for sustainable development. The progress we are making may be questionable. Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward…

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Obasanjo Condemns Those Opposing Atikus Lawsuit, Hails Adelekes Victory at Tribunal

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has supported the decision of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. Obasanjo also congratulated the Osun PDP governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke on his victory at the tribunal; and emphasized that Atiku must seek redress in court to reclaim his mandate. He said if Buhari could go to court three times without reasonable cause, any Nigerian who felt denied of justice must feel free to go to court.…

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Nigeria More Divided Than During Civil War Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday lamented the current state of disunity in Nigeria, stressing that Nigeria was not as divided as it is today during the civil war. Obasanjo spoke at a one-day “2019 annual retreat/conference and general meeting of members” of Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria, (ACAEBIN), in Abeokuta. The former President said: “When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are today. Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership serious…

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President Buhari Extols Obasanjo on his 82nd Birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “a passionate and great patriot who deserves accolades for his immeasurable contributions to our democracy and national unity.” In a statement to mark Obasanjo’s 82nd birthday anniversary, President Buhari acknowledged that “regardless of our political differences with Obasanjo, I still hold him in the highest esteem because his contributions to the development of the country overshadow those differences.” He said, “Chief Obasanjo gave a good account of himself and inspired his juniors with his wit and other leadership skills.” According…

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Explain To Nigerians Whether Under Your Govt Elections Were Free And Fair, Presidency Challenges Obasanjo

[Ishaku Yohanna] The Presidency said it will not join issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his allegations of increasing rate of insecurity, impunity in the system and the alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to rig the forthcoming elections. The Presidency in a live television program yesterday night on Politics Today by Channels Television also asked President Obasanjo to explain to Nigerians whether elections under his administration was free and fair. According to the Special Adviser to…

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We’d Be Fools If We Let Buhari Deceives Us The Second Time, Says Obasanjo

Doubts INECs neutrality in forthcoming general elections   [Ishaku Yohanna] Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of not only failing in all aspects of governance but also plotting to rig the coming election. The former president said Buharis alleged desperation to remain in power despite his mental and physical incapacitation reminds him of the era of a former military dictator, Sani Abacha. Obasanjo stated this in his 16-page address titled: Points for Concern and Action, given to journalists at the Olusegun…

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Im The Vigilant Watchman Of Nigerian Politics, Says Obasanjo

[Ishaku Yohanna] Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says his role in Nigerian politics is to be a vigilant watchman. Obasanjo said this on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, while receiving Yabaji Sani, presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP). In a statement by Pam Ibrahim, Director of Sanis Presidential Campaign Organization, Obasanjo was quoted ascriticizingpolitical leaders who harass innocent citizens. The former president said he would not hesitate to raise the alarm on irregularities in the polity when necessary. It is undemocratic, the attitude of some politicians who heat…

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There Was Corruption Under Jonathan But Life Was Better Tunde Bakare

[Ishaku Yohanna] The Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that education in shambles did not start with President Muhammadu Buhari; health care delivery in shambles did not start with Buhari, and infrastructural deficit did not start with Buhari but that what many people are saying is that there was corruption under former President Goodluck Jonathan but life was better. Bakare said this in an interview by Heritage Media in Calgary, Canada. ThePastor however went on to defend President Buhari for not appoint ministers for six…

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