I’ve for­given OBJ, says Kalu

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

For­mer gover­nor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, on Thurs­day in Ibadan an­nounced that he has for­given for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo of all his past ef­forts to per­se­cute him.

Bar­ing his mind in Ibadan on Thurs­day while de­liv­er­ing a lec­ture en­ti­tled “Nigeria: A Na­tion in Quest of Cred­i­ble Lead­er­ship” un­der the aus­pices of the Nigeria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ), Oyo State Coun­cil in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of me­dia prac­tice in the coun­try, Dr. Kalu re­marked that even though he lost vir­tu­ally all he had for main­tain­ing a prin­ci­pled po­si­tion against for­mer Pres­i­dent’s Third Term Agenda, he is still around and stand­ing tall in the so­ci­ety.

He in­sisted that the way out for Nigeria to re­gain its lost glory lies strictly in obe­di­ence to the rule of law and or­ga­niz­ing trans­par­ent and cred­i­ble elec­tions.

To this end, he ad­vo­cated “a strong two-party democ­racy” for Nigeria just as he called a re­form to the coun­try’s elec­toral process that would give the youths bet­ter chances and lead the na­tion to a bet­ter fu­ture.

Dr. Kalu lamented the spate of re­cy­cling of old politi­cians on the polity and en­joined the op­po­si­tion move­ment to be more vi­brant so as to evolve cred­i­ble lead­er­ship in the coun­try “other­wise, the rul­ing party may be­come com­pla­cent and rest on its oars”.

He de­clared: “We need to start shop­ping for Cred­i­ble Lead­er­ship in var­i­ous spheres of our na­tion­hood ahead of the 2015 elec­tions. This is the time to start the search as part of our col­lec­tive civic duty. When we keep quiet and ce­cline, bad men take charge while we re­main de­spon­dent and hap­less un­til the next polls in 2019!”

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