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Obasanjo Only True Nationalist, Other Presidents Are Ethnic Leaders, Says Amaechi

Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said Nigeria is still in search of national leaders, and its democracy needs serious rethinking in terms of scope and focus.

 Amaechi was the guest speaker at the 2023 TheNiche Annual Lecture themed “Why We Stride and Slip: Leadership, Nationalism, and the Nigerian Condition,” held on Thursday in Lagos.

 He questioned the extent to which Nigerian leadership has been imbued with the necessary sense of national unity.

 “The only person near that point of nationalism, with all due respect, is ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. The rest are ethnic leaders.

 “Truly remarkable national leadership is the ability of a leader to galvanise the totality of a nation around the common national banner with a vision and a sense of mission.

 “The truly remarkable national leader is the one who can rise above limitations to take the nation and its people to that place they long for but have never been before.

 “It is a place of national greatness, pride, achievements, and shared goals, aspirations, and prosperity,” he said


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