Olusegun Obasanja

Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, advised his countrymen on Wednesday to vote wisely in the general elections of 2023.

He forewarned that choosing the incorrect decision in the election could destroy the country.

At the Wilson Badejo Foundation's 15th annual lecture, with the theme "Overcoming the Twin Challenge of Poverty and Insecurity in Nigeria," held in Lagos, Obasanjo spoke as the special guest of honor.

The former President expressed optimism that if the proper decision were taken in 2023, the country may experience advancement.

"It is either we make the correct decision in 2023, because if we do, we will arrive.

But if we don't choose well in 2023, things will consume us, therefore we pray against it. In 2023, we must choose wisely, Obasanjo added.

He had previously stated that poverty and insecurity were to blame for Nigeria's failure to occupy its proper position.

In his words, “Nigeria is not where it is supposed to be today. If anyone says it is ok where we are at the moment, then the person’s head needs to be examined

“My friend, late Ahmed Joda, used to tell me that God has given us everything a nation needs and there’s no need for prayers because if God has given you everything and you squandered it, then something is wrong.

“I told him that even at that, we still need prayers as a nation because what is good needs prayers and on the other side too, we still need more prayers.”

In his speech on "Overcoming the Twin Challenge of Poverty and Insecurity in Nigeria," Prof. Eghosa Osaghea, Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, argued that when "one's country fails the individual, then that individual becomes a failure."

Prof. Eghosa Osaghea said, “Poverty cannot divide us but it binds us what divides us is corruption. If you see street protests across the world, it is the poor who do it.

“Corruption, by whatever means, is what causes division.

“Many people today dig their boreholes for water, employ private security units, etc, yet, these are things that the state should have put in place.

“It is the duty of the state to provide these for the common good of all.”