Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said he is “mad” about Nigeria and he has no apology for being passionate about Africa’s most populous nation.
He stated this while playing host to presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Muhammed Hayatudeen, at his presidential library home in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
“Passion means madness; that you are mad about Nigeria. I am and I have no apology for that because I have no other country I can call my own,” Obasanjo said.
“I have no other country I can go to and say that ‘yes, I have come to live here’. Passion means being mad about Nigeria; having a touch of madness.”
The ex-president also spoke on four factors responsible for the low level of socio-economic and political development of the country despite different opportunities that have presented themselves for real development.
He said lack of passion, vision, innovation, and knowledge have largely responsible for the low level of development.
In his remarks, Hayatudeen said that even as a military Head of State, former President Olusegun Obasanjo brought about many policy reforms that transformed the nation.
He said he was grateful to the former leader for playing host to him and his entourage.