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Obasanjo: World without diversity would have been boring

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said a world without diversity and multiculturalism would have been dull and boring. He noted that God’s design of multiculturalism…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said a world without diversity and multiculturalism would have been dull and boring.

He noted that God’s design of multiculturalism for mankind must be cherished, jealously guarded and sustained.

A statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, quoted Obasanjo to have spoken while delivering a keynote address at the 2023 World Culture Festival organised by the Art of Living Foundation at the National mall, Washington DC, USA.

The former president said “Some would want to blame this on diversity or multiculturalism. And using this to point at the failure of multiculturalism. That, if I may say, is wrong. In spite of human development in science and technology from the stone age to artificial intelligence age, human basic instinct for power, position, popularity, prestige, prosperity at all costs have not changed much if at all.”

Obasanjo added “If God has created sameness in the world, it would have been a world of monotony, staleness, unexciting, dullness and boredom. God created a world of diversity and wonder for us to enjoy and live happily in.

“In the process, we sacrifice love, kindness, goodwill, brotherhood and sisterhood, mercy, forgiveness, consideration for others and love and fear with respect for our creator.”

Obasanjo stressed that as human beings, “We have an unrelenting task of working to add love, kindness, brotherhood, humanity and humanness to the world of diversity God has given us.”

He pointed further that it was only when these tasks were achieved, “Then, we will have one world of peace, common security, stability, wholesomeness, growth, shared prosperity, inclusive society and God’s kingdom on earth. That is our goal to achieve.”

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