Former President Olusegun Obasanjo urges Nigerians to elect credible leaders at all levels prior to the 2023 general elections, warning that making the wrong choice may destroy the country.
While delivering a lecture at the Wilson Badejo Foundation’s 15th annual lecture on Wednesday in Lagos, the ex-President addressed the theme, ‘Overcoming the twin challenge of poverty and insecurity in Nigeria.’
The President said that the country should not make the mistake of electing a bad people as leader, given the many problems.
He express discontent on the current state of the nation, calling for more prayers as Africa’s most populous nation goes to the poll in February next year.
He had earlier said that Poverty and insecurity, have prevented Nigeria from achieving its full potential.
The ex-President said. “Nigeria is not what it should be today. If anybody says anything to the contrary, then the person’s head needs to be examined,” It’s up to us to make the right choices. We don’t need anyone to take care of us; we just need to take care of ourselves.
“Is there any choice, that is where prayer is very important? Don’t let us deceive ourselves, we have a choice. It is whether we make the right choice or not. If we don’t make the right choice, we don’t blame anybody but ourselves.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that the presidential and National Assembly elections will be held on February 25, 2023, and the governorship and state assembly elections will be held on March 11, 2023.
By May 29, 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to peacefully handover power to a democratically elected leader, fulfilling his constitutional two-term limit.
The presidential race is gaining momentum as key candidates emerge from the major parties.
Notable among them is Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are among the most notable candidates. Others include Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPC) among other ex-governors are listed as candidates.