Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says the current administration led by President Goodluck Jonathan is reminiscent of the days of the late dictator, General Sani Abacha where the middle class was non-existent.
Obasanjo said the prevailing economic situation in the country has shown clearly that the middle-class had been destroyed.
The former President stated this over the weekend when a group of traders visited him at his Hilltop home in Abeokuta.
Obasanjo, who disclosed that he received a text message which he said shocked him, as a middle class Nigerian requested for financial assistance from him.
“We will keep going and we will survive this though time. I told him we have experience this period in time of Abacha, all the middle class were completely destroyed.
“I was surprised the day a colonel in the Army came to me complaining that he and his family could not afford to buy a car. A friend of mine, Dr. Okoro, a Medical Doctor, his wife, also a Medical Doctor and their daughter, who is also a Medical Doctor, between the three of them, they could not afford a new car, they had to go to Saudi Arabia, but, I pray we will not have such a time in Nigeria.
“We have to be at alert, to be forewarned is to be forearmed, if we will get ourselves out of the immorals we find ourselves in, it has to be done by each and everyone of us. We all have contribution to make and should not leave our responsibility on other for us to do. If we fail to participate in things that are meaningfully positive for this country, you will be a victim and we all become victims.
“As for me, we don’t know where we are going yet, may God Show us the way, the way that will take this country and make it a great country, and when, for me ooo, I understand and I see the way, I will tell you, I pray that God will show me the way, may God show you the way,” Obasanjo said.
The National President of the Nigerian Market/Traders Council, Osho, who led members of the association on the visit said it was meant to get the direction of the former president on the 2015 election.
She said the council had tremendous support of the former President during his eight year rule “as such, we deem it necessary and as a mark of respect to come and find out on which direction we are going.”