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- Published on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 09:04
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FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said that the country would not advance as long as security issues are not tackled. He also declared that his enemies are insane for always concocting lies against him.
Speaking at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday, Obasanjo insisted that one does not need to be an oracle to make any pronouncement on the state of security in the country.
He, however, advised that “the issue of security should be one that concerns everyone because there would be no development where there is no peace and security”.
"Well, I don’t think anybody needs to be an oracle to make any pronouncement on the security situation. It must be the concern of all of us. It is my own concern as a Nigerian because without security in the country, then, there is not much we can do. So, there is a need for peace and security for development to take place in the nation," he declared.
The former President threatened to sue a national newspaper for a story published against him which he described as “totally false”.
He declared that his enemies behind the story that he wrote a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan seeking appointments for his loyalists are insane.
Obasanjo denied writing such a letter to Jonathan, asking: “Are they well at all? Are they sane because that must be tissues of lies? I’ve not written to the President since his inauguration. I think probably I wrote to him last year on honours and awards for some Nigerians. So, if any paper has written that, it’s a figment of their imagination and I will refer them to my lawyers."
Dressed in blue ankara, he departed the VIP section in a Gulf Stream aircraft marked N169SD in the morning.
He later returned in the afternoon and in a comical manner, raised his two hands when he saw journalists and said: 'Awon eegun nla' (big masquerades).
He was taken out of the airport in a waiting black Toyota landcruiser Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).