God Allowed Nigeria Get Away With ‘Stupid Things’ – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria has got away with a lot of “stupid things” because of the love of God.
He said the country should blame itself for failing to use the resources given to it by God.
Obasanjo spoke during the official launch of The Letterman by the Editor-in-Chief of Premium Times, Musikilu Mojeed, on Thursday in Abuja.
The 492-page narrative non-fiction titled: The Letterman: Inside the ‘Secret’ Letters of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, x-rays the role of letter writing in leadership, governance and politics.
It focuses on the former president and his fondness for speaking bluntly to subordinates, superiors, associates and foreign personalities – through letters – not minding the reactions the letters might generate.
Obasanjo said: “I believe that God is a Nigerian. Bishop Kukah may not agree with me. Because God loves us so much that we have done so many stupid things and he allowed us to get away with these stupid things.
“I sincerely hope that God’s patience has no limit of elasticity because if he does, there will soon be a day that God will say: ‘No, I have heard enough.’ And if God says he has heard enough it doesn’t matter, Musikilu can write 20 books on Lettermen and Letter women, it won’t help us.
“I believe the right lessons must be learnt. We have all that we need to have. God has given us all that we need to have; that we are not doing what we should do. It is not God; we should blame ourselves.”
He lamented that the country had not lived up to expectation.
According to him, global leaders consulted with Nigeria before decisions were taken in Africa, wondering how the country fell from such lofty height.
He said: “We probably don’t appreciate what we have as a country and I believe if we do appreciate it, make good use of it, we will do better than we are now.