According to Obasanjo, who spoke when the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ogun State chapter, led by Bishop Tunde – Akin Akinsanya visited him at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta for a special New Year service, it was his personal view that the South East people deserve to produce the country’s President just as the Ogun West Senatorial District in his home state should be given the opportunity to produce the state Governor.
Since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999, a President of Nigeria is yet to emerge from the South East region, whereas the Southwest, North and minority South – South have had shots at the Presidency at different times. This has spurred the Igbo tribe of the nation to cry foul with aggressive agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra.
The former president pointed out that problem of injustice and marginalization had been a major problem which brings conflict between ethic and religious division in Nigeria, adding that it was of his resolve for and just country that made him work for the emergence of South-South president in 2011.
“Irrespective of the thinking of the people ahead of 2019, I personally think that South-East should have a go at the Presidency too.
“The same is happening here. If Ijebu and Egba have produced the Governor, it is only fair and just to allow the Yewa or Ogun West to also produce governor. Or else, one day, they will also stand up and take up arms against this injustice against them. That is my personal position on this.”
Not only does the ex-Nigerian leader preach justice and fairness, he also talked about removing sentiments in order to attain peace in the country. Speaking on the crisis in Kaduna, Obasanjo reprimand Nigerians against commenting on situations without concrete facts, pressing that such was largely responsible for aggravating the deathly situation.
“Based on my findings so far, most people are talking from the position of strength.
“People are not talking from the knowledge of what they know and this is not helping. We must be able to dump all our sentiments to over come the challenge.”
“Just like other cases of injustice around us, we need peace; it is only peace with justice that can solve all these crisis. Genuine peace what everybody is craving for and this can only come when there is justice.”
The state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Tunde Akinsanya adjoined that Chief Obasanjo is a special gift to Nigeria and the entire world considering his fatherly in Nigeria so far. He also commended Obasanjo for facilitating the building of the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja as well as congratulate the ex-president on his upcoming 80th birthday.