Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is well known for always shaking tables.

The world always wants to hear what he has to say especially as it concerns national issues.

Obasanjo, who was the chairman at the book launch of former President Goodluck Jonathan, ‘My Transition Hours,’ to the public in Abuja, did not disappoint as he dropped some deep words for people to ponder on.

He urged Nigerians to ensure that they would not hand over the nation and democracy to those he called thieves and hooligans.

He said if the nation’s democracy was handed over to those in those categories, they could use it as a weapon against the people.

Obasanjo said, “There is still no substitute for democracy when all is said and done. It fosters peace. It builds and does not destroy. It unifies, rather than divides.

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“But all these can only happen if democracy is in the hands of democrats. If it is in the hands of thieves and hooligans, they can use it as a weapon. We should ensure hooligans don’t get it.”

The former President recalled a statement credited to a diplomat that he preferred to live in Nigeria because if it appeared all would collapse in the morning, things would be cool and calm by the evening.

“Let us continue to make Nigeria cool and calm,” he said.

Obasanjo congratulated Jonathan for enjoying a peaceful retirement.

Dignitaries at the event included former Heads of State in Nigeria and West Africa, former ministers and traditional rulers who took turns to shower encomiums on the former President for conceding defeat in the election.

Buhari was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

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