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Nigeria becoming basket case, poverty capital of the world- Obasanjo

Nigeria becoming basket case, poverty capital of the world- Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that Nigeria “poverty capital of the world.”

The elder statesman made aired this opinion at a consultative dialogue held at the Shehu Yar’Adua Center, Abuja.

Obasanjo who has been a strong critic of the Buhari’s administration said the country is “fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state”, attributing the rot in the system to recent mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development.

“Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred, disintegration and separation and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere.

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“It would appear that anybody not dancing to the drumbeat nor joining in chorus singing would be earmarked as ethnically unpatriotic or enemy of its tribe or geographical area. In short, the country is fast moving to the precipice.

“But happily, I observed that the five socio-cultural political groups gathered here have been getting together to find common ground, areas of agreement or accord for moving Nigeria away from tipping over,” Obasanjo said.

“if even Nigeria is broken up, the separated parts will still be neighbours. And they will have to find accommodation as neighbours or they will be ever at war.”

“And those who prevent justice to be done invite violence to reign,” he added.

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