Obasanjo says take my words serious for February 14 General Elections

February 5, 2015 1:28 pm

A former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he will henceforth
maintain silence on the state of the nation until after the forthcoming
general elections.

He said this on Wednesday while addressing traditional rulers from
Egbaland who were attending a seminar organised by a non-governmental
organisation, The Village Network Empowerment Initiative. The seminar
held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

The former president, who had in recent times criticised President
Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, said it was unfortunate that some
people could misconstrue his good intention for the country.

He said, “Where we are now, I have spoken. I have used body language and
whoever still does not understand all I have been saying, it would take
such a person a long time to understand.”

 Hence, he said he had chosen to keep mum until after the elections.

Obasanjo, who also flayed the situation in which teachers in some states
were being owed salaries for upward of six months, said Nigerians had
an opportunity from February 14 to play their own part in enthroning
leaders of their choice.

“It is something that is very clear for us all to see. Some people came
to visit me from Benue State three days ago and told me teachers in that
state had not been paid for six months.

“There are states where teachers have not been paid for four months,
three months and two months. That is 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
it 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.”

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