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I Do Not Expect Buhari to Do Well in Matters of Economy & Foreign Affairs – Obasanjo

by on May 14, 2016
 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says President Muhammadu Buhari may not do well in economy and foreign affairs, except in military matters.

“Buhari is not a very hot person on the economy and foreign affairs,” Obasanjo said.

The former President stated this on Monday at the third International Conference on African Development Issues — themed, “Driving inclusive and sustainable development in Africa: Models, methods and policies” — organised by Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.

While reacting to a question posed to him by a member of the audience: “Is there any hope for Nigeria under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari?”, Obasanjo replied, “Is there any hope for Nigeria under this administration? I came back from Geneva, Switzerland a few days ago to attend a conference titled, ‘Are elections giving democracy a bad name?’ We had an election, we elected a leader and the good thing about democracy is that the power you have to elect a leader is also the power you have to remove him. I am saying this because I said earlier that if you don’t see any leader that has done well in the 56 years of Nigeria’s independence, then let us forget about Nigeria.

“I will tell you what I know and I will tell you what I don’t know. I know Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. He served under me in the military. His characteristics that I know, his behaviour that I know, he has not deviated from them. He was never a perfect man, he is not a perfect man and no leader can ever be a perfect man because they are human beings. But if you read my book, what I said about him is correct. He is not a hot person when it comes to economy. He is not a very hot person when it comes to foreign affairs. But he will do well in matters of military and he will do well in fighting Boko Haram.”

The former president also said he tried his best in fighting corruption, especially in the recovery of funds looted by the late Gen. Sani Abacha and that as of the time he left the government, about $1bn was still to be recovered.

Obasanjo said, “For me, we have no hope if we have no future. I am an optimist as far as Nigeria is concerned. If somebody doesn’t get it all right for now, we will get somebody who will come up and fix whatever is missing. The administration before this had no clue on how to deal with Boko Haram, there is no doubt about that.

“You may not like the way he (Buhari) is fighting corruption. I fought corruption. We recovered over $1.25bn from Abacha and his men. We didn’t make noise. Also, we recovered £100m and about N30m and those who were helping us, the lawyers and the rest said there was still at least $1bn to be recovered at that time. I put it in my handover notes. But rather than encourage scrupulous persons, we had another spate of corruption.”

Obasanjo added that fighting corruption would not be effective if it did not translate to better life for the citizens.

He said, “Fighting corruption is not a one-day or a one-regime affair. If where we left it, they continued, we would have gone far. For me, the questions are: Is corruption being fought? And if it is being fought, is it being effectively fought? Are we getting the desired results? And if we are getting the desired results, what impact is it having on our society and on our nation?”

Other speakers at the event included Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Joy Ogwu, and the Associate Vice-President, Research, McMaster University, Canada, Prof. Bonny Ibhawoh.

They both said if Africa was to experience any development, leaders must match their words or policies with action.

 

 

 

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  • bishop
    May 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Comment…God will surely punish obasanjo and his likes for putting semi illiterate terrorist on Nigeria. whoever support buhari will never escape violent death. let this useless country break so that peace and progress will reign

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  • walex
    May 14, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Comment…I know u don’t have a leader within ur family and am sure u will never have one till ur generation is perish u omo ale

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  • Biafra We Hail Thee
    May 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    God will judge Obasanjo for his manipulations. Surely, there an all-knowing and all-seeing God. Certainly, Obasanjo’s death will be celebrated but not mourned

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  • The Republican
    May 14, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    If you traitor/selfaclaims wiseman OBJ know quite alright that this man you because of him tore pdp membership card and mobilise your yoruba block headed men like you to vote for tyrant that means you need to apologise for GEJ for missleading your people to vote for incompetence

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  • On point
    May 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    This conversation is pregnant, he has spilled it open and we shouldn’t be in doubt of What to expect

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  • Sam
    May 14, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Buhari is a big foo
    l, dead brain as patience Jonathan aready warn Nigerians

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  • ojo
    May 15, 2016 at 12:26 am

    obasanjo is a full y are u telling us u know and u put him there u must have mentaldisother.

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  • May 15, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Comment…OBJ you can say what ever you like, who knows if your name is among does names Mr president wll mentioned on his speech by may 29th. No corrupt leader will go unpublished no matter how highly placed. “Mr president”

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  • Bashir Adedamola
    May 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    it is a lie baba, buhari would fix this economy in a due course of time. we know obasanjo to be hypocrite. He says one thing today yet another tomorrow. secretly obasanjo does not wish pmb success. B uhari will succeed even while the Biafra battered destitutes keep spewing their hatred at him. little did they know that Biafra and its campaigners will crumble like spark of cards and buhari would stand. long live Nigeria, short live Biafra.

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    • OSAKWE ECHEZONA
      May 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Comment…When human beings are talking we don’t expect animals to talk. empty head norths very soon all this shall be over and the just shall rule in glory.

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  • cypo onang
    May 15, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Obj have started again, the arrow head of corruption, if your name is not in the list of corrupt leaders then Nigerians will know that bihari is deceiving us.

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  • jody79
    May 15, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Comment…obj comedian of d year.those waiting 4 buhari 2 turn around economy should wait till next generation

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  • edwin utomhin
    May 15, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Comment…if Buhari cannot be good for economy I wonder what will be the benefit of those citizens that enter sun in casting their vote for him. OBJ I expect u to write another open letter before 2019.

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  • Nobleman
    May 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Obasanjo since u said dat u knw buhari very well, dat he is not very hot in economy and international matters y then do u support him during his campain days

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  • Henry Adesuyi
    May 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Henry Adesuyi 08033792841
    sovereigntyofgodguards@gmail.com
    I don’t hide under shadow to express myself.
    He who do see anything good in what the government of M. Buhari is going is selfish. Those who don’t see any wrong in looting National Treasury to persecute falsified election results are beasts. OBJ sacrifices AWO for National Peace, what have you done to better this nation, this is a potent question each and everyone of us need to ask ourselves. Support the fight against corruption unless you’re a beneficiary other than wishing dead life you can’t create.

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  • Seemore
    May 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Comment…Obj is two faces sure, after tearing Nigeria apart in 2015, now is refraining from his act. woe unto u Obj. as for Pmb we don’t need to be told, already we know economy is out of his reach according to lie Muhammad. God shall help us the masses.

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  • pleases
    May 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Comment… MAY God Save This Country From Corrupted Leader!! Nigeria Really Has Turned Into Game. The Leader R Using Us As Played. I Hope Buhari Could Do Sth Better To Easy Nigeria Inshallah

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  • Barrytones
    May 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Obasanjo,you are a busy body.At your age what else do you want that God has not given unto you.You see yourself as an all knowing ex president but during your tenure you recorded so many failures which still haunts you up till today.Why cant you restrain yourself for a while and play the respected role of a father to all African nations.Infact I see you as a clown,a court jester and a treacherous human being.It’s time for you to retire or else be disgraced by your actions and inactions.

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  • J.T
    May 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Comment…This is just d begining of revelations we need to hear,see n xperience bfor 2019.God bless nigeria

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  • May 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I don’t know why nigerian people are doing like this,when buhari said that he should be a minister of petroleum by himself people are shouting that they did’nt want it to be so,why? But now the post has been rendered to the wicked human being,what’s wrong with obasanjo? I don’t know why he’s intervening to the issue of nigeria after he spoilt nigeria in his regime,obasanjo is part of the people who spoilt nigeria,obasanjo is nigerian devil,a person who can not control his families then you elect him as a leader,obasanjo does’nt deserve a leader at all,what of his brother jonathan,jonathan is a corrupted person,a wicked person who wanted to turn nigeria upside down,i’ve now realised that we have no good leaders in this country,most of the leaders we have are selfish and wicked,may God help nigeria,amin!tell obasanjo to shut up his mouth,what did he do to nigerian when he was in power.obasanjo is a bad person and most people really know i’m a yoruba man but i’m not an hausa in order to let you know i’m not talking with sentiment,obasanjo should shut up his mouth regarding nigerian issue.

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  • olorunwa omo akin
    May 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Comment…the worst thing that ever happen to this country was to have given our mandate to GEJ. a clueless leader will lead the nation nowhere rather he will drag the nation backward

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  • Henry O Akande
    May 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Obasanjo, we know you as a joker and your intentions behind every action or speech you make. We will not allow you to downgrade our President because you never want to hear that any person dead or alive out shine you. Buhari will do well, even when you are still alive. HYPOCRITE.

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  • Joe
    May 15, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Comment OBJ is deceiving Nigerians again, becos he knows that he is among the corrupt people Buhari wants to mention to Nigerian.

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