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Monday, August 18, 2003 

Lack of vision, waste bane of Nigeria's progress, says Obasanjo

By Segun Adeleye, Abeokuta

President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday made an introspection and said lack of vision and waste were factors that have militated against the growth and development of Nigeria since independence. 

Obasanjo, who spoke during a thanks-giving service at the Freeman Methodist Cathedral, Ogbe in Abeokuta to round-off the 4th Owu Day celebrations, likened Nigeria's situation to "an incoherent movement of an individual who takes one step forward and three steps backward."

According to the president, "the problem with Nigeria was that since independence when the nation moved a step forward, we moved sideways for another step and then moved backward three steps. As a result, we move further backwards than we move forward."