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    Tuesday, 20 November 2018

    Don't handover Nigeria to thieves, hooligans

    The echoes of the 2015 presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari reverberated on Tuesday as former President Goodluck Jonathan presented his book , ‘ My Transition Hours, ’ to the public in Abuja .

    Dignitaries that included Buhari , former Heads of State in Nigeria and West Africa , former ministers and traditional rulers took turns tshower encomiums on the former President for conceding defeat in the election .

    Buhari was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Boss Mustapha .

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo , who chaired the public presentation, urged Nigerians to ensure that they would not hand over the nation and democracy to those he called thieves and hooligans .

    He said if the nation’ s democracy was handed over to those in those categories , they could use it as a weapon against the people .

    Obasanjo said , “There is still no substitute for democracy when all is said and done . It fosters peace. It builds and does not destroy . It unifies , rather than divides.

    “ But all these can only happen if democracy is in the hands of democrats. If it is in the hands of thieves and hooligans , they can use it as a weapon . We should ensure hooligans don ’ t get it. ”

    The former President recalled a statement credited to a diplomat that he preferred to live in Nigeria because if it appeared the all would collapse in the morning , things would be cool and calm by the evening.

    “ Let us continue to make Nigeria cool and calm , ” he said .
    Obasanjo congratulated Jonathan for enjoying a peaceful retirement .

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