Many of those seeking elective posts in 2023 should have been in jail — Obasanjo
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, declared that many aspirants jostling for different elective posts ahead of the 2023 general elections, ought to be serving one jail term or another for their acts of corruption.
He said this in his remarks at an international symposium with the theme ‘Africa Narrative with Nigeria Situation’, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, to mark his 85th birthday.
The former president noted that if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence (ICPC), had diligently done their jobs, with the support of the judiciary, most of them out to be behind the bars.
He submitted that the process of building Nigeria must not be based on sentiments, ethnicity; bigotry; sectionalism; religion; regionalism or class.
While stressing that persons with no integrity should not be given any chance to oversee the country he said, “I read and hear about endorsements and statements in support of candidates that I frankly have not made, forming next political parties that I can never get involved in.
“I was told that social media credited to me names of three people from the south that I am sponsoring for Presidency in 2023.
“My friend, Professor Ango Abdullahi, who brought this to my knowledge remarked that he did not believe that I made such a statement because it was out of my character.
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“I have neither named names nor stated my position. In situations like the one we are in, I will not rush into naming names without necessary consultations and well-defined principles and criteria.
“I cast a cursory look at some of the people running around and those for whom people are running around. If EFCC and ICPC would have done their jobs properly and supported adequately by the judiciary, most of them would be in jail.
“Any person who has no integrity in small things cannot have integrity in big things. Fixing Nigeria must begin on the principles of nation building, not necessarily on emotion, sentiments, euphoria, ignorance, incompetence, ethnicity, nepotism, bigotry, sectionalism, regionalism, religion or class.