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[Kaduna]–Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obansanjo has described the act of Nigerians, condemning their leaders to be a simple task but talking about what Nigerians can do for their country is something they keep failing to ask themselves.

He said this while speaking at the one-day trade fair seminar in Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture on Monday, 27 February, 2017.

Obasanjo praised the effort of those who fought for Nigeria’s independence, saying they had done a great job. He mentioned that his generation has failed to do the needed in taking Nigeria to the ‘Promised Land’ but added that his generation has sustained unity and stability in the country.

He blamed the current hardship and level of underdevelopment in the country to certain factors which, according to him, include; Lack of focus and capability of the nation’s leadership in handling the complex economic issues; Policy Summarsault; Lack of continuity and inconsistency in government; and Lack of knowledge.

According to him, “the generation before us gave us and our country independence. Whatever you like, say about them: the Awolowos, Nnamdi Azikiwes, the Sardaunas, Aminu Kanos, Tafawa Balewas and others; they gave us independence, they were not perfect and if you like you can even go from now till tomorrow to condemn what they did, but they gave us independence.”

“These people and my generation laid the foundation for the democracy we enjoy today. Our democracy is not perfect, our democracy is a journey and not a destination and we must continue to improve on it.

My sons and daughters, what will your generation do? Condemnation is easy but what will you do?” he asked.

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