Nigerians always united abroad, divided at home - Obasanjo

From Peter Moses, Abeokuta



Media Trust Limited


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed worry that Nigerians in Diaspora are always united, but turn to “something else in their home country.” He also noted that Nigerians abroad always make the country proud due to their sterling performances in their different areas of endeavour. A statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, quoted the former president to have spoken at a reception in the United States of America on behalf of a delegation of traditional leaders and academics that included the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Prof. Saka Adelola Matemilola. Obasanjo, said to be impressed by the unity exhibited in faraway USA, urged the Nigerians in the Diaspora to reciprocate such togetherness when back in their home country. The event was put together by the Center for African Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, headed by Professor Bode Ibironke and was attended by representative of Nigeria at the United Nations (UN), Prof. Tijanni MuhammedBande, and top academics.