Military coups made Nigeria a pariah state: ex president

“Nigeria became isolated. Nobody wanted to contact with us" said Former Nigerian President Obasanjo.

Military coups made Nigeria a pariah state: ex president

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigeria became a pariah state because of the military coups and they have been trying to fix the country's damaged reputation.

Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, is on an official visit in Turkey.

Reminding that 15 year long military coups besmirched the country's reputation, Obasanjo told to AA reporter:

"The country had been ruled by a military coup for 15 years. During those 15 years in Nigeria, almost everything went wrong. Our economy and the political relations became worse. Military coups made Nigeria a pariah state. Nigeria became isolated. No body wanted to contact with us."

Nigeria was ruled by junta between 1966-1979 and 1983-1998.

"Legal sanctions should be applied decidedly"

Stating that the conflicts between the government and the terrorist organization Boko Haram, that have been going on since 2010, could be solved only by taking the decisive steps, Obasanjo said, "We are against all forms of terrorist organizations."

Obasanjo stressed that they could not remain silent in the face of complaints and sedition and he added:

"There isn't right violence. It is not correct to unsafe the whole order of a country. I believe that if legal sanctions should be applied decidedly there will be solution."

AA

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