Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, faulted many challenges that have engulfed every nook and cranny of the nation.
Obasanjo, who lamented that Nigeria is currently dripping bitterness and sadness, also decried the bad leadership system, and thereby called on all Nigerians to join hands together towards taking the country to where God has created it to be.
He expressed this in his remarks at the public presentation of a book titled: “The Man, The General and The President”, written by Femmy Carrena at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The former President lamented that God has created Nigeria to be a land flowing with milk and honey, but due to leadership failure, the country is wallowing of crises and problems.
The statement read partly: “Nigeria has been destined to lead the black race, but failure of leadership has impeded it from taking its place in the comity of developed nations.
“My prayer is that all of us particularly in this country and now is that we will have something to contribute to make this country to the making of what God has created it to be; a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Right now, it is a land flowing with bitterness and sadness. That is not what God wants this country to be.
“We must change the narrative. We must talk to ourselves in the civilised language.
“There is no where you go in this country that you will not see a genius in any section of the country.
“So, for what reason should we look down on ourselves or others except we are not human beings.
“Off course, we will get this country to what God has created it to be, because where we are now is not what God has created Nigeria to be.
“Education must be one of the main pillars of getting Nigeria to where it should be and the over 14 million Nigerian children that are now out of school, we must a find a way of getting them into school. Otherwise, we are preparing the Boko Haram of tomorrow and there is nothing that will prevent that.
“If we don’t do it now, then, we lose the opportunity and the consequences in the future will be. Some of us might have gone, but those who will be around will bear the brunt of the problem.
“My own belief is that God had created races in the world and at one time or the other, he has decided that every race will be led by a particular nation in the world.
“As at today, the white race is being led by American; I don’t know how long that will be. Yellow race is being led by the China and whatever we say or do, China will lead the world before the middle of this century and there is nothing we can do about it.
“I believe that God has created Nigeria to lead the black race. That we are not doing is not because God has not given us all that we need to do it. It is because we have failed in leadership to do it and that have to be corrected. That is the fault of all of us.”
The former President who expressed worry that, Nigerians usually perform “fantastically well” outside the shores of the country, but seem to be underperforming when they are in Nigeria, therefore, appealed that it is essential the country put its house in order.