2023: Obasanjo identifies major issues Nigeria’s next president must address

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has identified the major issues Nigeria’s next president must address upon assuming office.

 

Obasanjo disclosed that the country’s next president must address the issue of insecurity, like banditry and kidnapping.

 

Speaking at a virtual engagement organised by Africa Leadership Group, the former president said Nigeria must move beyond think-tank to do-tank.

 

Obasanjo said Nigeria’s next president must understand the country’s economy.

 

The former president said Nigeria’s next president should be critically, clinically sound and should have the right character and skills to turn things around.

 

According to Obasanjo: “I hope the man who will be the next president, will be the type of leader, who will understand the economy, and that’s very important.

 

“If he understands the economy, there are many things he must do including; doing something on fuel subsidy. Also, the country’s debt is not too good; something has to be done.

 

“The amount of petroleum products being stolen in the country is mind-boggling. The level of corruption in other areas too is mind-boggling. Also, banditry and kidnapping have become the order of the day.

 

“People won’t invest in a country that is not secured, where travelling by road or train is unsafe. Unless there’s investment, there won’t be growth in the economy.

 

“Many Nigerians lack political education. It doesn’t matter if you’re fully educated or have a university degree.”

 

This is coming a few weeks after Obasanjo endorsed the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

 

Obasanjo’s endorsement was contained in a letter to the Nigerian youths, where he advised them on the choice of leaders to settle for in the forthcoming elections.

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