Nigeria Must Kick Out Corruption To Make Progress – Obasanjo


Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo says for the country to move forward, corruption must be kicked out of the system.

The president said this, yesterday, in his independence statement.

“Of course, corruption must not have a resting place within our society, we must kick corruption out because it destroys almost everything,” Obasanjo said.

“I am not talking about corruption of money; corruption of attitude, nepotism, favouritism, they are corruption in different forms and all aspect of corruption must be kicked out of our society.”

“And we must also realise important issues that we must not play with, we must not play with the issue of education, we must not play with the issue of health for our people, we must not play with the issue of employment for our teeming population particularly for our youths.

“We must not play with the issue of economy, we must not play with the issue so security and peace, we must not play with the issue of justice, Justice and peace go hand in hand, we can’t have injustice and expect peace to reign supreme,” the former president said.

“55 years in the life of a nation is comparatively young, growing and when you look at the life and history of those that you may call settled societies or reasonably matured countries, we are not doing too badly.

“They have had miss steps just like we are having miss steps, they have made mistakes and most of them have learnt from their mistakes, they have been dynamic in the way they have progressed and I believe that we are doing the same thing.

“What is important is that certain cardinal pinches, cardinal features of our national live, values, should not be eroded. And then we should also be willing to learn from our mistakes.

“Nigeria has the marks of a great nation it is just a question of actualising our potentialities and that will require all hands on deck; men, women, Muslims, Christians, young and old, irrespective of our location, our tribe, our social standing, Nigeria needs all hands on deck,” Obasanjo said.


  1. Here comes the grand Master of corruption saying we must fight corruption. We are willing and ready but we must start with you and we are very interested in money corruption because we need money to fix every other sector that you have mention. Obasanjo you cannot run away from your shadow. The halliburton scandal and all your corrupt practices are so fresh in our memory. Buhari will be a loser to Nigerians if he does not put you behind bar.