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Obasanjo To Nigerian Youths: Form A Coalition To Defeat Corrupt APC & PDP Politicians In 2019

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the youths to take over power from Nigerian Politicians who are known for giving false excuses and promises.

He revealed this recently while hosting the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum and New Nigeria 2019 in Abeokuta Ogun state.

Obasanjo urged the youths to take charge of their destiny instead of waiting for tomorrow that many never come.

The smart politician suggested that a coalition of all the movements in the country and poaching of the ‘uninfected members’ of the leprous APC and PDP to join the mass coalitions, would bring about the needed change in leadership in 2019.

His words:

“The point is this: the way to wrest power is to know that those that are there, you have to carry them along so that they will willingly (yield space).. so that they will not be frightened, they will not be intimidated.

“But this time, for us to make it, we need all hands on deck. You see, I have publicly said and I mean it, that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there as they have been.

“Never mind about reforms and apology and all that. And yet we have to get there. I asked one of the foundation members of PDP, the PDP when we started, was it a grassroots party? He said it was an elitist party.

“Really, we have never had the so-called grassroots party. Even NEPU which we could say is the nearest, was not grassroot enough.

“And I believe strongly that we must have a strong popular grassroots movement to bring about the change, sustainability and stability that we need in our democracy and development.

“I am happy to meet with you but don’t take anything for granted. There will be a lot of work that we have to do.

“What those I call power addicts would want to do is to divide you based on gender, age, tribe, religion and region. You have one commonality – interest of Nigeria.

“And it doesn’t matter where you come from. We had that interest. The truth is this: when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims.

“And don’t let anybody deceive you. Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.

“As I said, stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there are no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come. You come in because you know there are challenges and then giving us excuse that you have many challenges, that is why you haven’t achieved results.

“And then you still want to go. The first lesson I learnt in my military training is never reinforce failure. What we have now is failure. Never you reinforce failure. Let failure be failure.

“And if you do not see what you should see, you will then be a victim of what you don’t like because it’s only when you see what you should see and you do what you should do that you put away what you do not like. And if you don’t see what you should see and you don’t do what you should do, you will be a victim of what you don’t like.

“But let us bring together all these movements because we are pursuing the same thing. If we allow ourselves to be take piecemeal, it is finished. Now if we are together… Yes, I said you cannot take PDP as it is and APC as it is; but they are not all made of evil people.

“There are good people. I said PDP is leprous hand, APC is leprous hand, but there are some clean fingers in them. So, let’s take those clean fingers in them and graft the clean fingers in our own.

“That is the way to go and if we go that way, we will get there, we will move together, and we will will move fast and we will move far”.



  1. Funke

    April 3, 2018 at 12:51 AM


  2. Cwule

    April 3, 2018 at 4:19 AM

    Tkz Funke, dats d only naija solution

  3. Mon

    April 3, 2018 at 6:34 AM

    OBJ is talking like when an old wicked/bad man is smelling death…OBJ,you should take this time and apologize to Nigerians by confessing how you mortgaged Nigeria to Western World,probably you never knew they will disappoint you one day.

    To be candid,your words here are true but you can never be excluded from them.

  4. Jilo

    April 3, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    When this man opens his mouth, it’s like he is suffering from one kind of dementia. Have you forgotten Mr. ex president that you are the cause of this fuss in Nigeria. Now that you are at the other side of aisle, you start to see things differently. The political derailing in Nigeria started when you were sitting president. You built the foundation of today’s democracy on sand and you can’t come out now to blame anybody or giving irrelevant advice. Even though you trying to make some points you are not in best position to offer these advices.

    In spite of your inefficiency, let me quickly come up with three solutions that may take us out of this mess we are in:
    1. Nigerian youths must be united. When I say united means, they should not be divided by religion, political party or ethnics division and they should all come out strongly with one voice to mandate these fools in the corridor of power to hands off by resigning their respective position. It is either they surrender peacefully or you toss them out by force. We can even threat them by damaging their properties if they refuse to relinquish their position. If these people realize that the youths are serious, they won’t hesitate to yield to our demands.

    2. As political of Nigeria stands now there is no party that can provide immediate relief that all Nigerians wanted therefore nobody should support anybody or any political party coming 2019 because if we continue to allowing these people to brainwash us and take us as fools, our children and grand children will suffer most. Stop taking money from these selfish people.

    3. We need to scrap politics in Nigeria for a well and design an interim government until we are ready to embrace real democracy. All these things I’m talking about are not easy to accomplish for the fact that some youths already aligned with the rogues in power however, the journey of thousands miles start with a step. This is our future and our right. Some people should not be suffering while some are having excess from the same resources that belongs to all of us. These thieves think they can continue to mold Nigeria the way they want but right now we must stop them. It is either we stop them or we allow them to continue and continue going to church without doing anything to effect the change. Even the Israelites fought some war before they reached promised land.

    Finally, as I have been saying before, the consequence of taking no action is more severe than taking bulls by the horns. We need to redefine our future. We don’t need to do Yahoo before we can make it in Nigeria. God has given us will to triumph but it is left for us to take that advantage. It is very absurd that in this modern era, Nigeria is the only Country especially in Africa continent that still practicing ritualism killing people to make money. If we start killing one another for money how can we build a nation? our youths have deviated from the right path of using their brain to come up with technology that can solve people’s problem, instead, all of them are looking for easy path. We cannot build a nation when all our politicians are sacrificing human to get to the top ladder while their white counterparts are working hard to proffer solution to the world’s problem yet we depend on them for our needs. Folks, I think this is the right time for us to make 360 degrees change if we want to otherwise we will continue to be slaves even with our abundant resources.

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