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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he is in support of a change of the leadership of the country from the North to the South.

Obasanjo also said the 2023 general election must be a turning point if Nigeria as a country must get things right in her economy and politics.

The former President said this while speaking to members of the Tiv apex socio-cultural group of Benue State, Mzough U Tiv (MUT), who paid him a visit at his private residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Sunday.

Obasanjo urged the people of the Middle Belt region to continue to advocate for the rotational presidency in the country, saying Nigerians should look beyond ethnicity, religion, or other emotional attachments in the 2023 general election.

“If Nigeria is ready to get it right, the 2023 election should be a turning point. We should not go for emotion that will destroy us,” he stated.

The former President, who noted that the oil and gas sector can no longer sustain the growing Nigerian population anymore, said only farming and agribusiness will be the solution to feeding Nigerians.


“Only farming and agribusiness could tackle the nation’s growing population. Farming and agribusiness are what will feed the nation,” Obasanjo said.

He, therefore, urged the Tiv people to focus on farming and agribusiness, saying he had put the experience of having his farm burnt in Benue State behind him, and hinted about having an industry established in the state next year.


On his part, the leader of the group, Iorbee Ihagh, said the visit was to “interface with you as our former Head of State, a political pillar, a nationalist and elder statesman. Basically, we are here to appreciate your overwhelming love, passion and concern you have demonstrated over the Tiv people.”

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