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Senate President, Ag CJN, President are from core north, how can you have this kind of arrangement? — Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decried that the present government arrangement in Nigeria saying ‘ …the Senate President is from North-East, the acting chief justice of Nigeria is from the north-east, The President of the country is from the north-west. They are all from what we call the core north.

How can you have that kind of arrangement and then be absolutely insensitive to it (lack of geographical diversity)? this came as he said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is driving Nigeria towards “disaster and instability”. Obasanjo Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Mr Obasanjo speaking with PREMIUM TIMES said even though the country has made considerable progress since 1999, the pace at which it is currently moving shows the nation may be inching towards disaster and instability.

“I think we have no choice but to be on the path for sustainable development. “The progress we are making may be questionable—-Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward and one step back or one step side-way? “You can question that, but we have no choice but to be on (the) path for sustainable development. Any other thing will be a disaster. In fact, the pace at which we are going now is tending more and more toward disaster and instability and unsustainability.” ‘No Confidence in the Economy’

“The problem is that we are just not doing what we should be doing Nobody has that confidence, and we cannot develop Nigeria without that confidence in our economy. Both for domestic investors and foreign investors.” ‘Anti-graft institutions have been corrupted’ said Obasanjo, Speaking further on the state of the nation, Obasanjo said “I set up two (anti-corruption) institutions, I came with two laws that were not there before, to fight corruption. And those who claim they are fighting corruption today have not brought in anything different. If anything, they have corrupted those two institutions. My experience on Ethiopian Airline that nearly crashed in Lagos — Obasanjo(Opens in a new browser tab)

“And the institutions were open and independent. I never, never, as president had to say to either the head of ICPC or EFCC: ‘Oh, chase this person’.” “Nigeria was a pariah state. Within the first four years (1999-2003)… we actually hosted the commonwealth. And Nigeria which was kicked out of the Commonwealth became the host of a Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGOM).

We became the darling of almost all nations. The economy started doing well. Bauchi group urges Buhari to confirm Tanko as CJN(Opens in a new browser tab) “I remember on one occasion one day or one week, Chukwuma Soludo (then governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria) phoned me and said: “Sir, in one day, we had an inflow of $80 million”. From foreign direct flow; not money from our oil export or cocoa export. Just direct! And he (Soludo) said to me: “Sir, this is almost unbelievable.” “I said we were not where I want us to be yet. I want us to be $100 million per day.

That means in five working days, that will be half a billion dollars. If we are making half a billion dollars a week of five working days; in 52 weeks, it will be $26 billion. It is possible. I got debt relief.” “I think there is a presumption in our constitution that our system will bring out competent leaders devoid of extremism, religious or tribal bigotry. Leaders who understand what it takes to hold the country together and put it in high gear for development, unity and an inclusive and shared society. “These are assumptions. And if these assumptions come true, what is meant to be achieved in our country will be achieved. But the kind of situation you have now cannot allow those assumptions to become reality. Now you have a situation where three top officials of government will be from only two northern zones.

Ahmed Lawan (who has been pencilled down as Senate President) is from the North-East, the acting chief justice of Nigeria is from the north-east, The President of the country is from the north-west. They are all from what we call the core north.

How can you have that kind of arrangement and then be absolutely insensitive to it (lack of geographical diversity)? “So the prescription that our constitution makes of the kind of leadership that should emerge, we have failed to achieve that with the present leadership we have in place. The Constitution expects the executive to care for the welfare and security of every Nigerian. But in the present situation, they don’t seem to care.”

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  1. Stephen uche June 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    papa OBJ just spoke my mind. just that I lay part of the Blame’s to him for the role he played towards ensuring buhari becomes Nigerian president as against Jonathan even when he new Bihari’s deficiency using his 1983 precedent leadership as a case study not minding that what goes around, comes around.
    I also hardly understands why we have too many so called intellectuals as politicians but who are all cowards or could it be that they are all under oath of not speaking the truth?
    I pray to get there one day,no matter so that the truth can prevail.

  2. Christian Chiedozie June 12, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I only blame the greed Igbo and Yoruba people in Senate house, allowing evil to befall Nigeria. When the poor people talk about the condition of this country, they will send DSS and EFCC after them. Time is coming when the messes will rise again the wicked rulers in Nigeria.

  3. idowu June 13, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    just passing by
    God is watching them all
    Either good or bad
    keep doing
    Verysoon Almighty God will put an end to this trash ……

  4. Lugard June 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I pray for obasanjo. May god really help him actualize his dreams for Nigeria.

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