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    OBJ: South Africa is addressing xenophobia, I hope returnees will go back

OBJ: South Africa is addressing xenophobia, I hope returnees will go back

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed optimism that South Africa is addressing xenophobia. Speaking with journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Saturday, Obasanjo said he believes the South African government is putting adequate measures to end the attacks on foreigners. About 500 Nigerians were recently evacuated from South Africa following attacks on foreign nationals. The incident had dealt a blow on diplomatic [...]

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    Atiku: No man alive has contributed more to Nigeria than Obasanjo

Atiku: No man alive has contributed more to Nigeria than Obasanjo

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as one of the greatest Nigerians alive. While felicitating with the former president on his 82nd birthday, Atiku said no Nigerian alive has done as much as Obasanjo did for the country. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate said, who served as Obasanjo's deputy for eight years, also wished him good health [...]

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    Obasanjo: I’ll do everything possible to save Nigeria’s democracy

Obasanjo: I’ll do everything possible to save Nigeria’s democracy

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he will do "everything humanly possible" to save Nigeria's democracy. Speaking during the launch of "Politics as Dashed Hopes in Nigeria", written by Auwala Anwar, his former special assistant on federal capital territory administration (FCTA), in Abuja on Thursday, the former president said the world is watching how Nigeria will handle upcoming elections. He also called on [...]

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    Soyinka on leaked tapes: Amaechi didn’t insult Buhari

Soyinka on leaked tapes: Amaechi didn’t insult Buhari

Wole Soyinka, literary scholar, made reference to the leaked tapes purportedly from Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, while speaking on fake news on Wednesday. Soyinka, who was a panelist at a conference on fake news organised by the BBC, said the minister did not insult President Muhammadu Buhari in the tapes as was insinuated. Phrank Shaibu, an aide of Atiku Abubakar, presidential [...]

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    Obasanjo: Buhari’s re-election will come with worse suffering

Obasanjo: Buhari’s re-election will come with worse suffering

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election will bring a "suffering much worse" than what Nigerians go go through. He also denied reports that he would stay neutral ahead of the 2019 elections, saying "only a fool will sit on the fence". The former president said this while reacting to a report that he has withdrawn support for Atiku Abubakar, [...]

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    ‘Displacing Buhari will be tough’, ‘Start from where we stopped’ — five things Obasanjo told Atiku

‘Displacing Buhari will be tough’, ‘Start from where we stopped’ — five things Obasanjo told Atiku

One of the most interesting stories in the history of Nigerian politics played out on Thursday when former President Olusegun Obasanjo reconciled with Atiku Abubakar, his deputy while in power. Obasanjo and Atiku had fallen out during their second term in office and until Thursday afternoon, the two had been on warring paths while all the attempts to make peace fell [...]

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    Obasanjo: God will never forgive me if I support Atiku for president

Obasanjo: God will never forgive me if I support Atiku for president

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar "can never enjoy" his support for a political office. He said God will never forgive him if he backs Atiku’s presidential ambition. Atiku served as vice-president to Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007. He aspired to succeed Obasanjo in 2003 but the elder statesman went ahead to complete another term. By 2007 when Obasanjo’s second term [...]

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    Drama as Obasanjo storms PDP rally in Ogun

Drama as Obasanjo storms PDP rally in Ogun

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo stormed the rally of Oladipupo Adebutu, one of the governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state, on Monday The presence of the elder statesman energised the people at the rally which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital. When the microphone was handed over to him, Obasanjo wished the party [...]

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    ‘Nigerians living in fear’, ‘A re-enactment of Abacha era’– five things Obasanjo told Buhari

‘Nigerians living in fear’, ‘A re-enactment of Abacha era’– five things Obasanjo told Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo dropped another bomb on Friday, five months after he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of incompetence. In a statement issued on his behalf by Kehinde Akinyemi, his spokesman, Obasanjo accused Buhari's government of plotting to hang a crime on him. He said he learnt from credible sources that his name has been placed on the watch list of different [...]

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    Obasanjo, Afenifere leaders agree on united force to ‘repair’ Nigeria

Obasanjo, Afenifere leaders agree on united force to ‘repair’ Nigeria

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday met with leaders of Afenifere ahead of the 2019 presidential election. At the meeting, the two parties agreed to join hands together and present a “united force” that will “rescue” Nigeria from its current state. The meeting held at the residence of Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader, in Akure, Ondo state capital. Obasanjo said it could be “disastrous” [...]

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    Keyamo: Obasanjo gave excuses while in power

Keyamo: Obasanjo gave excuses while in power

Festus Keyamo, Lagos lawyer, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of committing same act he is tackling President Muhammadu Buhari for. He said Obasanjo “kept blaming” the military for his “abysmal” performance while in office. Obasanjo was president of the country from 1999 to 2007 after serving as military head of state from 1976 to 1979. On Monday, the elder statesman accused Buhari [...]

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QUESTION: Obasanjo did not visit Odi and Zaki-Biam… what is he doing in Benue?

On Saturday, former president Olusegun Obasanjo visited the graves of the 73 victims of herdsmen attacks in Benue state, about eighteen years after he ordered a “pogrom” in Odi, Bayelsa state. In November 1999, the army under Obasanjo killed hundreds of people, including women and children in Odi, a community in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area, following the killing of 12 policemen [...]

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    Obasanjo on herdsmen/farmers clashes: We’ll keep burying victims until we find a solution

Obasanjo on herdsmen/farmers clashes: We’ll keep burying victims until we find a solution

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria cannot be said to be a free country amid the killings resulting from clashes between farmers and herdsmen.  Obasanjo said this on Saturday when he laid a wreath at the graveyard of the 73 victims of herdsmen attack in Markurdi, Benue state. He said the continued crisis requires collaboration between leaders and that until the issue is [...]

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    Obasanjo: I wish my parents didn’t die early

Obasanjo: I wish my parents didn’t die early

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says his regret in life is that his parents did not live to “see and eat the fruits of their labour”. While speaking on Monday at an event to mark his 81st birthday, Obasanjo said he wished his parents did not die “too early”. The event, which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, in Ogun state, [...]

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    Obasanjo: How I conspired with Ahmadu Ali to sack Americans from the US embassy

Obasanjo: How I conspired with Ahmadu Ali to sack Americans from the US embassy

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has recounted how he "conspired" with Ahmadu Ali, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to sack US officials from the American embassy in the 1970s. Obasanjo made this known while speaking on Thursday at the launch of Ali's biography in Abuja. He said Ali had been appointed head of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) [...]

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    APC rep accuses Obasanjo of trying to ‘heat up the system’

APC rep accuses Obasanjo of trying to ‘heat up the system’

Ehiozuwa  Agbonayinma, a member of the house of representatives, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of attempting to heat up the polity. He said the former president is trying to deceive Nigerians with his recent letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. Agbonayinma, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, who represents Egor/Ikpoba-okha constituency in Edo state, said this while speaking on a Channels TV [...]

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