REVEALED: Real Reason Nigerians Are Leaving Nigeria – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has claimed that Nigerians are leaving the country because they are unhappy with the way things are.
Obasanjo stated this when he spoke at the 9th Toyin Falola Annual International Conference held at Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State.
He also said that mismanagement of diversity by people especially leaders can be particularly annoying.
He said: “When you mismanage diversity with impunity, it is particularly annoying. It can lead to what we may not want it to lead to.”
“I don’t know of any Nigerian who doesn’t wish Nigeria well, but I know many Nigerians who are unhappy and want to leave Nigeria. Our issue is so because what they expect from Nigeria they are not getting it,” Obasanjo said.
Delivering the keynote address, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said Nigeria would continue to perform below expectations if the country continued to mismanage its plurality.
The cleric said, “We are carrying Western identity, whether it is Christianity or Islam. This identity has continued to play out in our daily lives.
“Only in Nigeria we can go to war because of religion. We are not going to go to war because of no water; we are not going to go to war because we don’t have roads.
“We are not going to go to war because we don’t have decent housing; we are not going to go to war because of a lack of salary; we are not going to go to war because of injustice; but we can go to war in the name of God.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, represented by the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said religion had been used “as a divisive factor and an instrument to spread hate and unleash violence over one another.”
Osinbajo said religion in Nigeria had not been properly understood .
He said: “The interface between religion and the state was limited to issue of secularism, secularization and separation of power between state and religion.