Despite current hardship, better days lie ahead, Obasanjo tells Nigerians

Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday said that despite the difficult economic situation Nigerians are facing, they should keep hope alive as the challenges will soon fade away.

Mr. Obasanjo made this remark while speaking at the 52nd Annual Service of Songs of the 1st ECWA Church, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The former president explained that no matter the difficulties and challenges the country is going through now, the nation will come out stronger.

Making reference to the harsh economic realities Nigerians are facing due to the ripple effects of the economic recession the nation just exited, the former president expressed optimism that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

In 2016, Nigeria slipped into recession after five consecutive quarters of contractions since the first quarter of the year.

But in September 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, said the Nigerian economy had exited recession.

The NBS said that growth recorded through Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product indicated the exit of the nation’s economy from recession.

Last week, Nigeria also recorded favourable ranking in the World Bank’s list of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.

The development, the Nigerian government said, was a reflection of the efforts put in place to fix the economy.

In his reaction to the announcement, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hailed the efforts of all stakeholders in the Nigerian economy, describing the development as the right step in the right direction.

However, many Nigerians still lament that the effects of the favourable economic developments are not being felt yet.

But Mr. Obasanjo, in his speech on Sunday, told the church congregants that although many graduates are unemployed and business owners are not finding it easy in their businesses yet, the country was on her path to greatness and sustainable growth.

Speaking to the congregants in Yoruba, he urged Nigerians to keep hope alive and anticipate better days ahead as the current hardship confronting Nigerians will not last.


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  • Patrick Omokagbo

    Thumbs up for PMB!

  • Abdul Wada

    I love Yoruba people, they’re very optimistic..
    But truth be told, the last time Nigerians had it this bad was during Abacha..
    Businesses are closing in bunch, unemployment in the highest level..
    I believe Nigeria will come back again, but not with Buhari at the helm..

  • Kaftan

    @lootersinc:disqus

    General Obasanjo should never have been president of any country given his middling thinking ability
    and crass dishonesty but he got into power through the barrel of the gun, held Nigerians hostage, and
    wangled money to enrich himself as a billionaire. With that loot he rallied his co-conspirators in the army
    comprising mostly self-promoted generals – like Ibrahim Babangida and T.Y Danjuma – who’d similarly
    looted the treasury, and as a troika of evil, these three men held Nigeria by the jugular since 1960,
    alternatively through proxies like Muhamadu Buhari, another reired army general with no schooling.

  • chinedu

    Baba hmmmmm. I was expecting to hear the analysis of the economic indicators to rest our hopes on. But nothing. So it is about religious faith and hope. I don’t think that is adequate going by what we are experiencing.

  • KELLOGGS

    I edited this comment carefully to avoid insulting this guy, Obasanjo. As he is an Okongwo.

    But really, if you observe the man carefully, one thing is clear: he thinks education is the ability to speak English, and to translate ancient outdated proverbs into the aforementioned language.

    But education is far more than that; education involves analysis, and critical thinking; logic, and various verticals. Obasanjo does not speak math, physics, chemistry, or any sciences at all; but it never occurs to him that the nation needs intellectual individuals; Obasanjo accumulates silly titles without any substance; for example: father, author, president, statesman, soldier, Dr. of Philosophy… but, has he excelled in any of these? I think not.

    Clearly, former president Obasanjo only show respect to military dictators such as Buhari, and lacks a modicum of respect for democrats, and civilians, such as Jonathan. To Obasanjo, as far as a former thug colleague of his is at the helm, there’s optimism.

    So, I ask you Nigeria: when are we going to move on from these dinosaurs? Other countries reject these semi-illiterates, and they are doing fine. Old age by itself does not bring progress. This man’s time has passed. Let’s go forward.

    • Julius

      You are clearly a Baba hater ! I love when he has something to say and the likes of you started playing in traffic. Keep talking Baba. Listen to you..”You edited his comment carefully”…haha, I’m sure he had you in mind and looking forward to your intellectual analysis. Funny !

      • KELLOGGS

        I thought I made it clear that youngsters like you should ignore his kind? Why are enamored with some one who has zero to offer your generation or the nation. Obasanjo should be ignored.

        • Julius

          Yeah sure and what are you offering ?

        • Rev

          It is incredible. But how did Common sense become so scarce? By celebrating mediocrity.

  • Al

    Some rascals will prefer fire brigades approach or cosmetic solutions. I always appreciate buhari/Osinbajo, may almighty God give them patience and strength to steer us well, No chop chop for good

  • forestgee

    Meanwhile OBJ has been enjoying betters for 40 years or more and is now telling suffering masses to hope for nothing; given the level of looting. Hypocrite

  • shakara123

    BULLSHIT!!! STOP TRYING TO PLACATE NIGERIANS WITH FALSE PROMISES. AFTER SQUANDERING, THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD NIGERIA OUT OF ITS DARKNESS, YOU’RE STILL PREACHING BETTER DAYS AHEAD.

  • manager

    Amen Baba if corrupt leaders like you will agree

  • Lanre

    A country that cannot generate enough electricity in 2017 and yet its rulers go overseas for medical treatment. Olusegun Obasanjo. Leadership is by example. The rulers in Nigeria do not set the proper example. Their children school abroad; they use medical facilities abroad; they pay themselves the highest wages and corruption has not abated. There is no pride in the country.

    • manager

      Exactly my brother, only God will save the poor suffering Nigerian masses from the hands of this vampires in the clothes of leader’s

      • Lanre

        Thank you Manager. Nigeria has become ungovernable due to the shortsightedness of those who have ruled, people like Olusegun Obasanjo. Imagine in 2017, the ruler of the country staying abroad for over three months on medical treatment. In which sane society does that happen?

    • marc umeh

      Don’t complain . Be a good sport.
      You must keep hope alive !!!

  • Decimator

    Who still discusses this One?

    The greatest beneficiary of the Tyrannical Status Quo in the Nigerian Enclave Olusegun Obansanjo;

    After single handedly controlling the affairs of the Tyrannical State for roughly 1/5 of its total years of existence since after Independence, both as Head of State and civilian president, with his perpetual influence in African politics in general, Obasanjo could now write a book titled “How to make Africa Work”.

    Meaning “Africa has not been working under his watch” and the foremost man in African politics only realised that after all these years of his perpetual relevance had created the problem.

    Well if the Engine of a Vehicle had long knocked, a long overdue change of the Engine would have been the logical solution.

    Now again, Obasanjo suddenly realises that the economy of the Nigerian Enclave would get better in future, after his anointed Integrity and Reputation Messiah, Mohammadu Buhari, had done his expected economic wonder and all is now flourishing above expectation.

    Old wine, that always wants to be poured into a new wine Skin for perpetual relevance.

    Sorry