Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, has said that it is wrong when foreigners are more concerned about Nigeria than Nigerians.
He made this known over the weekend, after he was conferred with a leadership award by the Treasure House Of God Church in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as part of the activities marking the 60th birthday and retirement of the Setman of the church, Seye Senfuye.
He said it is unfortunate that foreign nations now feel the need to intervene on issues that can ordinarily be addressed without external interventions.
The United States of America and United Kingdom had last week imposed visa ban on some Nigerians, over their roles in the alleged rigging of the 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
Obasanjo said the US and UK are supposed to play advisory roles, adding that nobody will fix the country except its citizens.
“If we are talking about leadership in Nigeria, there is still a lot to continue to do for the country, and for those of us who have enjoyed the privilege of the position we have attained, we must not shirk in our responsibility of the duty that still lies ahead. You and I, and everybody who is here now know that Nigeria is not where it should be.
“And who will put Nigeria where it should be? Not people from America, not people from Europe, not people from Asia; it’s you and me here in Nigeria. And if we fail to do what we should do, if we fail to say what we should say, when we should do it and when we should say it, we will be liable. We will be liable here, we will be liable hereafter. My prayer is that the responsibility that God has given to us, by keeping us alive, we will live up to it.”