Former President of Nigeria and elder statesman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is well known for his cutting remarks on the policies, and actions on the various government administrations that have taken on the challenge of leading Nigeria since his tenure as president. The former president is also known to act in his capacity as an elder statesman, working as proxy for the government when it stalls on decisive action.
What really keeps former President Obasanjo in the news and on our gossip channels is his unrelenting desire to contribute to Nigerian politics. Obasanjo takes every opportunity to point out flaws in the operations of the current President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; giving timely but incendiary advice on what he believes the next step to achieve a better Nigeria should be.
On Friday, Obasanjo gave a lecture where he warned the current administration and Nigerians that the country would remain insecure, unstable, non-progressive and at worst, disintegrated, without a restructuring of Nigeria’s federating units.
The lecture took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State at the 2020 Annual Sobo Sowemimo Lecture which was held virtually. It was organised by the Abeokuta club; tagged “COVID – 19 Pandemic and Nigeria Security Issues: the way forward”.
In the lecture, the former president also accused the current government of ineffectiveness, addressing the public by stating specifically that
“There is no time to stand and stare or just to continue to call on governments that are ineffective.”
Many Nigerians reacted to his words by pinpointing that he had been in the helms of government and had done nothing to change these problems in Nigeria.
Obasanjo who is infamously known for writing letters to the Heads of State resulted in very open and direct words this time around. Many Nigerians noted this change and bantered that he was afraid the letter would not make it to the intended recipient and so he resulted in a more straightforward approach.
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