I warned Jonathan's government about recession - Obasanjo

Ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo says his warnings about reckless spendings in the immediate past administration was ignored 

The Ogun high chief has now proffered a solution to the present challenges that the country is facing 

He has also attributed the restiveness in some parts of the country to unemployment

Ex-Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed to Nigerians that he warned the immediate past administration about the present recession that the country is presently in, but was ignored.

According to Premium Times, the ex-president said he made this known when he saw how recklessly the Dr Goodluck Jonathan-led administration was spending the country’s money.

Obasanjo, an Ogun state high chief made these revelations on Saturday, October 1, while delivering a lecture to some youths at Owu Baptist Church, Abeokuta.

"Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria’s problems will continue until the urgent need to reform institutions in the country is fulfilled"

He said: “Whoever that has lived to witness the celebration of today should thank God.

“Things are not what they should be, but we should pray that next year will be better than this year.”

“We thank God for those who are alive, we prayed for the souls of those who have laboured for these country and who have passed on to rest in perfect peace.

“Unemployment is a major problem in the country today and if we don’t take care, it will consume all of us. In fact, the rising unemployment is a time bomb,” the ex-president offered.

While recalling how he got five job offers as soon as he left high school, the elder statesman of Nigerian politics adduced the youth restiveness in the country to unemployment and counseled the present administration to pay attention to agriculture, else the country may not develop.

He said:“That is why we have to take it as a key of our development else the many educated Nigerians who have no job are like time bomb, sooner than later, it will explode.”

 Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his independence day message to Nigerians, assured that he would fight recession to a standstill as well as deal with militants who have been causing unrest in the Niger Delta region of the country.

 Read his message in full here.

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