Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed worries over the country’s struggles saying he finds it difficult to understand why the country is not making any meaningful progress despite having everything it needs to become great.
Speaking in an interview with The Point Newspaper, the former president noted, however, that for Nigeria to overcome the forces hindering its progress, it would need consistent generations of right leadership.
He said, “The point you must bear in mind is that this country can be a great country. We have everything to make this country great. And that is what always worries me. When you see what we can do, how to do it, and we are not doing it. That is really unfortunate
Can we get there? I believe we can. All we need is one generation of consistency in leadership, we will be there. That is what we need. We need one generation of right leadership consistently.”
On inclusive leadership, he said that when he was president he carried all the sections of the country along without favoritism.
People who worked with me, it doesn’t matter where they come from, they remember what we did together. There is no question of favoritism, there is no question of, yes, this is my kith and kin. There is no question of this is my personal interest. I never say that we didn’t make mistake or we are perfect, but whatever mistake we made was a genuine mistake. It wasn’t a mistake we made as a result of selfishness,” he said.
Reacting to the claim that he neglected the Yoruba while in office, Obasanjo said it is wrong to claim that he did nothing for the South- West or the Yoruba during his tenure as president. He said everything he did while in office was in the best interest of the country rather than for his personal gains.
Some Yoruba have come to me and said you didn’t do enough for the Yoruba. I said, ‘Yes, did I do for Nigeria?’ They said, ‘You did?’ I asked, is Yoruba not part of Nigeria? If I did as I could for Nigeria and Yoruba are part of Nigeria, then I have done for the Yoruba as well as I have done for Igbo, Hausa, and so on. I think that must guide us.