Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria has on Saturday said that most politicians vying for the presidency in the 2023 elections should be in jail by now if the anti-corruption agencies are doing their job properly.
Obasanjo stated this in a presentation marking his 85th birthday celebrations in Abeokuta Ogun State, explaining that the perpetrators would not be able to move freely if the EFCC and ICPC were doing the needful.
“If EFCC and ICPC will have done their jobs properly and supported adequately by the judiciary, most of them would be in jail.
“Any person who has no integrity in small things cannot have integrity in big things. Fixing Nigeria must begin on the principles of nation-building, not necessarily on emotion, sentiments, euphoria, ignorance, incompetence, ethnicity, nepotism, bigotry, sectionalism, regionalism, religion or class.
“The issues of security, stability, development, economy and our relationship within Africa and with the rest of the world can only be taken care of if we get the issue of the nation-building right,” he said.
He noted that he knows that if Nigerians derail from the nation-building process with solid principles, Nigeria would be shipwrecked.
“I will, at this juncture, leave it to fair-minded Nigerians, who believe in the continuation of the process of nation-building, to decide which way Nigeria should go.
He added that “If we are going fault finding, zonally or regionally, no region or zone can claim absolute innocence. And federal character is a very important and perfect instrument of nation-building in our Constitution”.
The former President, however did not disclose the names of the politicians he meant, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos State Governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and former Nigerian Senate President are among the frontrunners for the 2023 presidency.