Says Nigerians should take their destinies in their hands
By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Former president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday vowed that he would remain silent on the state of the nation until the forthcoming general elections are over.
Obasanjo lamented that despite all he had said verbally and through his body language on the situation in the country, Nigerians seemed not to understand him properly.
The former president said this while addressing traditional rulers from Egbaland who were attending a seminar organized by a non-governmental organization, The Village Network Empowerment Initiative at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Obasanjo who was the Chairman of the occasion expressed regret that his recent utterances had been misconstrued and misunderstood by Nigerians.
The former president has lately been at loggerheads with President Goodluck Jonathan over his persistent criticisms of certain policies of the Federal Government.
He stressed that he had therefore decided to keep mum on the happenings in the country until after the polls.
While speaking on the failure of some states to pay their teachers salaries, Obasanjo condemned the development, assuring that Nigerians would definitely hear from him once all the elections had been concluded.
He added that it was now left for Nigerians to take their destiny in their own hands by doing the right thing during the forthcoming polls.
Obasanjo said: “Where we are now, I’ve spoken, I’ve used body language and whoever still does not understand all I’ve been saying, it would take such a person a long time to understand. It’s something that is very clear for us all to see. Some people came to visit me from Benue three days ago, and told me teachers in that state have not been paid for six months. There are states where teachers have not been paid for four months, three months and two months. That’s not good at all. It’s only God that can help us to overcome all these problems.
“All I know is that God has done His own part and it’s now left for us as human beings to do our own bit. Do we as Nigerians say that God has not been magnanimous enough to us? Is it human or natural resources that we do not have? We are blessed with a lot of fertile land. Shakespeare says the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings. God has done his own part and it’s now left for us as human beings to play our own part. That our own part starts from the 14th and it’s now left to you and me. I won’t say more than that. I’ve said I won’t say anything anymore until after the elections.
“You’ll hear from me after the elections. But I’ve said it verbally and through body language and how you understand it all is now left to you. But whatever you still don’t understand about all of these, I will put in prayers, that God should enable you to clearly understand it all better. But I won’t say more than this until after the election.”