Obasanjo warns Nigerians against handing power to thieves

Obasanjo warns Nigerians against handing power to thieves

He said political power can be dangerous in the hands of thieves who he described as 'hooligans'.

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has warned Nigerians against allowing thieves to get into power as it is detrimental to the country's democracy.

He said this while speaking at the book launch of another former president, Goodluck Jonathan, titled "My Transition Hours", in Abuja on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

He said political power can be dangerous in the hands of thieves who he described as 'hooligans'.

He said, "It unifies rather than divide if democracy is found as an instrument in the hands of democrats. If it is in the hands of those, I call thieves, hooligans in politics, it can be a dangerous weapon.

"So, we must avoid hooligans to have access to this beautiful weapon because they might abuse and misuse it."

The book launch was also attended by former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

Others include Senate President, Bukola Saraki; chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus; chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole; Senator Godswill Akpabio and many more.

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Gowon applauded Jonathan for conceding defeat after losing the 2015 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari.

"Goodluck Jonathan is a good man and when the history of democracy in Africa is written, his name will be etched in gold," he said.

Jonathan lost the election to Buhari by more than 2.5 million votes, the first time an incumbent lost a presidential election to an opposition candidate in Nigeria. He conceded defeat to Buhari in a phone call before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially announced the former military Head of State the winner of the election.

Source: politics

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