I’m Still Retired From Partisan Politics, Obasanjo Insists

MDG : Nigeria's ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President, Chief Olusegun Olusegun, yesterday reiterated his withdrawal from partisan politics, saying only issues relating to national interest, would continue to get his attention.

Recall that the former president last year February, announced his withdrawal from partisan politics to be a statesman.

Mr. Obasanjo reiterated that stance when he played host to a delegation of the Okun Development Association (ODA), a Yoruba speaking group from Kogi State, at his hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The ODA had appealed to the ex-president to use his clout to improve the socio-economic and political challenges facing the Okun people of Kogi State.

Obasanjo in his response, declared: “I am open to you if it has to do with the issues relating to national interest and development. But, I will not, when it has to do with any interest that is not open or having national interest as focus.

Since I have eased myself out of what I will call centre of political activities, I have not eased myself out of the totality of development in Nigeria. This I will welcome and support from any group or association”. He urged the association to add more value to community development, saying a community develops when its leaders engage in agriculture in the face of contending demands at the federal, state and local levels”.

The group’s chairman, Chief Akere Owoniyi, had earlier appealed to Obasanjo not to relent in giving advice on matters that affect the country or any part thereof, saying the ODA appreciated the role he played during and after the 2015 general election.

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