Former Nigerian president Obasanjo blames African leaders for conflict

2016-03-22 13:32
Olusegun Obasanjo. (File: AFP)

Olusegun Obasanjo. (File: AFP)

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Abuja - Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has placed the blame for Africa's conflicts squarely on the shoulders of the continent's leaders, Nigerian publication Pulse reported.

Speaking during a press conference in Ethiopia, Obasanjo said that African leaders were failing those who voted them into power through not being able to prevent marginalisation and injustice, reduce unemployment and poverty, and embrace democracy.

Obasanjo, one of Nigeria's most vocal leaders to date, spoke on issues of governance in previous times, going so far as to accuse former president Goodluck Jonathan of mismanaging Nigeria and squandering resources.

The outspoken former statesman also tasked Nigeria's current President Muhammadu Buhari with achieving good governance, calling on him to fix the alleged mess that was made during Jonathan's tenure.

Providing his take on the issue of African peacekeeping operations, Obasanjo agreed that lack of funding from the African Union (AU) member states had become a major obstacle to peace and security on the continent.

Obasanjo is expected to be one of the more than 150 participants in the upcoming Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, due to be held in Ethiopia in April.

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