by Kolapo Olapoju
Olusegun Obasanjo says while he can sacrifice his life in the interest of Nigeria, he wouldn’t dare do the same for any political party.
The former president stated that since he left office, he has been dedicated to promoting the interest of the country.
Obasanjo made the comments on Thursday, January 8, during a visit to his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta by the presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party, Dr. Martins Onovo.
He said: “My first pre-occupation is what is best for Nigeria. Nigeria first, party second and any other thing, third. I can sacrifice anything in the interest of Nigeria and I can sacrifice my own life for Nigeria. I can’t sacrifice my life for any party’s interest but I’ll sacrifice my life in the interest of Nigeria.”
Obasanjo also stated that it is imperative for some individuals to “speak up” to the government, while adding that the country belongs to everyone.
“In this part of the world, we have a saying that if people sleep and they put their heads on the same pillow, they are in danger. That means there should be some people that should be critically looking and watching and also able to speak up. They should speak up, no matter what others may say.”
“Because people may come up and say Nigeria doesn’t belong to anybody, I believe that is a stupid saying. Nigeria belongs to all of us because anything that doesn’t belong to anybody, anything can happen to it. For me, Nigeria belongs to all of us and we are stakeholders in this country.”
Speaking further, the erstwhile head of state restated his membership of the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party.
“Let me make my own position clear, I am a card carrying member of the PDP, because that is the party on which platform I became the President of this country.
“If what you’re trying to do is in the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians accept and vote for you, who am I not to accept you as President of Nigeria, I will. But in this your campaign, try to inform, woo and to convince the electorates but whatever may be the outcome of the election after you have done all that, once the election is free and fair and undisturbed, uninterrupted, then you have to accept the verdict of the people.”