FORMER president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, took on former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; former Governors Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (Bayelsa), James Ibori (Delta), Lucky Igbinedion (Edo) and Joshua Dariye (Plateau), saying though they were younger, they were not able to govern well when in positions of authority.
Speaking at the annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit, organised by the University of Ibadan Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), Obasanjo affirmed that youths who had been privileged to hold positions of authority in the country had not fared better than their elderly counterparts.
He condemned the younger generation of leaders, saying they lacked integrity and probity and had failed their people woefully.
While reviewing Nigeria’s history since independence, Obasanjo said the country may have been cursed with poor and irresponsible leaders.
He 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. 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.
“In 1979, we had 20 new ships specially built for Nigeria. When I came back 20 years after, the national shipping line had liquidated. The whole thing is not just about leadership. If we talk about good leadership, you should also talk about good follower-ship. If you talk about human right, you should also talk about human duties and obligations.
“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.” Read the full story on Nigeria Tribune.