Do not commit the nation and democracy into the hands of thieves, hooligans – Obasanjo tells Nigerians.
The Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Nigerians to ensure that they would not hand over the nation and democracy to thieves and hooligans – The former president stated this when he chaired the public presentation of Goodluck Jonathan’s book, ‘My Transition Hours,’ to the public in Abuja, on Tuesday, November 20 – Obasanjo said if the nation’s democracy was handed over to thieves and hooligans they could use it as a weapon against the people Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who chaired the public presentation of Goodluck Jonathan’s book, ‘My Transition Hours,’ to the public in Abuja, on Tuesday, November 20, urged Nigerians to ensure that they would not hand over the nation and democracy to those he called thieves and hooligans. Legit.ng gathered that Obasanjo said if the nation’s democracy was handed over to those in those categories, they could use it as a weapon against the people. The former president said: “There is still no substitute for democracy when all is said and done. It fosters peace. It builds and does not destroy. It unifies, rather than divides. “But all these can only happen if democracy is in the hands of democrats. If it is in the hands of thieves and hooligans, they can use it as a weapon. We should ensure hooligans don’t get it.” Obasanjo recalled a statement credited to a diplomat that he preferred to live in Nigeria because if it appeared the all would collapse in the morning, things would be cool and calm by the evening. “Let us continue to make Nigeria cool and calm,” he said. Obasanjo congratulated Jonathan for enjoying a peaceful retirement, adding that the post-office life which the former president was enjoying is one that all must crave for, describing it as a life of continued service to humanity. He said the former president had a residual responsibility to continue to serve people and God. PAY ATTENTION: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng: a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo Olupohunda Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 20, in Abuja hailed his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, for voluntarily conceding defeat at the 2015 general elections, describing him as a true democrat. Buhari poured the encomium at the launching of a book titled “My Transition Hours” by Jonathan amidst hundreds of guests from outside and across the country. Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the president said Jonathan’s act of courage had made him a patriotic leader and earned popularity among Africans and other leaders.