Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has called for a national moral rearmament and reconciliation in Nigeria, in the aftermath of the 2019 general elections. According to Obasanjo, this will help to heal the divisions that have emerged during the elections and assuage Nigerian youths who were angered by the shortcomings of the elections.
Speaking at a Conference in Abuja, organized by Nextier and the Ibadan School of Governance and Public Policy themed, “From Elections to Governance and Performance”, Obasanjo noted that governance in Nigeria now required thinking outside the box to rescue the nation from its plunging economy and huge national debt burden. He stressed that there must also be political will, administrative efforts, and action to reform the public service and turn it into a capability-ready unit.
The former president emphasized that he was now “too old to keep quiet” and would continue to voice concerns for the benefit of the nation. He urged the incoming administration to prioritize national moral rearmament and reconciliation as a key policy agenda, noting that it had the potential to bring about healing and to assuage Nigerian youths who were angered by the shortcomings of the elections.
Obasanjo’s call for national moral rearmament and reconciliation comes at a time when Nigeria is grappling with numerous challenges, including insecurity, corruption, and economic decline. These challenges have undermined the country’s development and affected the lives of ordinary citizens.