Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticized Nigerian leaders, stating that many of them lack knowledge and understanding of the positions they seek and hold. He expressed concern over their level of emptiness when it comes to development issues in the country.
Obasanjo voiced his support for necessary reforms but cautioned against total dismantling, which he believes would be retrogressive and destructive. He emphasized the importance of leadership in shaping the direction and trajectory of development for Nigeria, asserting that leadership is the key to unlock and remove impediments to the country’s progress.
The former president made these remarks in a video recording of his keynote address during the launch of the book, ‘Reclaiming The Jewel of Africa,’ authored by former minister Olusegun Aganga, in Abuja.
Obasanjo said, “You will weep for our nation over their level of emptiness as far as development issues are concerned.”
To him, “leadership is the key to unlock and remove the impediment to Nigeria’s attainment of its divine stature and status and being kept a Lilliputian.”
He stated that most of the country’s leaders, “If you ask why they want to be in the position they are craving for, you will weep for your nation over their level of emptiness as far as development issues are concerned.
“What do they understand for peace, security, stability, predictability, development, growth and progress to be actualised? I believe that peace, security, democracy and prosperity must be taken together.”