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Comments on the return of Olusegun Obasanjo

21 August 2013, 14:23 Onyeji Dominc

Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria, is a good man. His talks and public speeches have been great lately. Well spoken! Good political talks! If you ask me, I'll say that Obasanjo is now talking like a born-again politician. He is not prophetic, and he is not a visionary because Nigerian leaders of both past and present are not insightful and wise including Obasanjo.

What am I saying? Obasanjo has been speaking well lately. If he has truly repented, let him return Ota Farm back to Nigeria. Let the farm bear its original name, "OPERATION FEED THE NATION" (OFN)

Millions of Nigerians starved to death and millions are still hungry because of Obasanjo's actions related to OFN. Let him restore Ota Farm back to Nigeria before he starts preaching or condemning political "thieves".

According to an article published on August 13, 2013 by Jide Jegede , “Nigeria is jinxed, cursed,” said Obasanjo. The former president condemned younger generation of leaders while reviewing Nigeria’s history since independence. He said that the country might have been cursed with poor and irresponsible leaders.

Obasanjo, who gave the keynote address at the 4th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit organized by Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, in collaboration with African Sustainable Development Network, on Tuesday, said if Nigerians were yet to commend a leader after 53 years of independence, “Then we are jinxed and cursed; we should all go to hell.”

He also condemned the younger generation of leaders in the country, saying they lack integrity and probity and have failed their people woefully.

Making specific reference to his Vice President for eight years, Atiku Abubakar; former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Salisu Buhari; former Bayelsa State Governor, Deprieye Alamieyeseigha; and others as younger generation of leaders, the former President said Nigeria was not lucky even with them.

“We had some people who were under 50 years in leadership positions. One of them was James Ibori, where is he today? One of them was Alamieyeseigha, where is he today? Lucky Igbinedion, where is he today?” he asked.

“The youngest was the Speaker, (Salisu) Buhari; you can still recall what happened to him. You said Bola Tinubu is your master. What Buhari did was not anything worse than what Bola Tinubu did. We got them impeached. But in this part of the world some people covered up the other man. The man claimed he went to Government College, Ibadan. But the governor (Oyo State) went to Government College and packed all the documents so that they would not know that he did not go there. I wanted someone who would succeed me so I took Atiku. Within a year, I started seeing the type of man Atiku is. And you want me to get him there? I once went to Tanzania because Julius Nyerere recognised Biafra. He told me not to mind his aides and others in government. They would say they have one house in town but their five year old sons and daughters would have houses all over. Some of you who are condemning the leadership would get there tomorrow and it will be a different story. Only very few are actually good,” said Obasanjo.

This good speech also revealed Sani Abacha as worst among Nigeria junta and dictators. Obasanjo said that Abacha, his predecessor, got $750m. “Through our lawyer in Switzerland we recovered $1.25bn and the lawyer still said there is probably still another $1bn to be recovered. The figures didn't add up.”

Olusegun Obasanjo made great remarks and his words lately are both sound and sincere. He is now serving Nigeria well. Let others like him follow suit, and let “OPERATION FEED THE NATION" (OFN) be restored to for good. “It is sad that after 53 years of independence we have no leader that we can commend. The problem in Africa is that when one person takes over he would not see any good thing that his predecessor did. Let us condemn but with caution,” Olusegun Obasanjo, the former military ruler and two-term democratically elected president said.

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