Olusegun Obasanjo Quotes that Will always be Remembered

In this post, I’ve shared some of the interesting Olusegun Obasanjo quotes.

Olusegun Obasanjo, born on March 5, 1937, is a Nigerian politician and former military leader who served as the country’s head of state from 1976 to 1979 and then as president from 1999 to 2007.

25 Olusegun Obasanjo Quotes

  1. Nigeria has no business with poverty. With our human and material resources, we shall strive to eradicate poverty from our country.”

2. “Corruption, the greatest single bane of our society today.”

3. “Inability to focus and concentrate is the greatest enemy of goals and achievement.”

4. “My joy knows no bounds… I will devote all my energy and all the powers available to me to the service of Nigeria and humanity.”

5. “Whatever is morally wrong cannot be politically right. Morality and ethics must not be divorced from politics.”

6. “My gut feelings and my faith tell me that until God shuts a door, no human can shut it.”

7. “I will not say the fact that there are no European Union observers at an election means that it will not be fair and free.”

8. “If I am not above the law, nobody in this country can then claim to be above the law.”

9. “Fighting corruption is not a one-night affair.”

10. “There is no part of the world where corruption is absolutely eliminated.”

Olusegun Obasanjo quotes

11. “there is a time for everything. When time and action are synchronised – right action at the right time by the right person – achievement and success are normally the outcome.”

 12. “I believe God knew what he was doing when he put oil under our ground. It should be a means to an end.”

13. “The givers of most of the corruption in Africa are from outside Africa.”

14. “For Africa to move forward, Nigeria must be one of the anchor countries, if not the leading anchor country. It means that Nigeria must be good at home to be good outside. No doubt, our situation in the last decade or so had shown that we are not good enough at home; hence we are invariably absent at the table that we should be abroad.”

15. “I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that our foreign friends are welcome to join in our endeavor to develop the resources of our country.”

16. “We will as soon as possible reexamine our laws and policies and eliminate all obstacles to genuine investment.”

17. “We must demonstrate the political will and assume the responsibility for the historical wrongs that are owed to the victims of slavery, that an apology be extended by states which actively practiced and benefited themselves from slavery.”

18. “Failure to improve the quality of rural life is largely responsible for the rural-urban migration, which has today become a common feature of most developing countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Consequently, the social infrastructural facilities in such urban settlements rapidly become inadequate and over-stretched resulting in social tension and sometimes outbreak of violence.”

19. “Pope John Paul II not only visited Nigeria twice but stood by the country in its fight against dictatorship and injustice.”

20. “Unfortunately, the true force which propels our endless political disputes, our constant struggles for political advantage, is often not our burning concern for democracy, it is often of our dedication to the principle of the rule of law.”

21. “When I left office in 1979, I was about the only one who had really left public office on my own.”

22. “People were expecting us to run before we walk, … People should be patient with us, bearing in mind that even the (Western) countries that are shouting at the top today about being democracies, it took them time to get there.”

23. “It is unfortunate. Any military takeover anywhere in the world is out of fashion and should be regarded as unfortunate. Any short-circuit of democracy is not in the best interest of the people.”

24. “Religion mixed with politics in a multi-faith country like ours portends destruction and devastation.”

25. “Our youth should be empowered to deploy their ability to learn, innovate and work energetically at ideas and concepts in which they can make their own original inputs. Youth must be part of the action today and not relegated to leadership of tomorrow which may never come. Change that will mean enhancement of living standard and progress for all. A situation where the elected will accountably govern and every Nigerian will have equal opportunity not based on kinship and friendship but based on free citizenship.”

My favorite Olusegun Obasanjo quotes are, “Religion mixed with politics in a multi-faith country like ours portends destruction and devastation.” and “Corruption, the greatest single bane of our society today.”

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