Former President Olusegun Obasanjo didn’t hold back in his criticism of Nigerian leaders, stating that many of them lacked the vision and capacity to drive development. Speaking at the public presentation of the book titled “Reclaiming the Jewel of Africa” authored by former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, Obasanjo emphasized the need for effective leadership as the key determinant of a nation’s development.
During his keynote address in Abuja, Obasanjo expressed concern over the motivations of aspiring leaders, suggesting that some are driven by selfishness and lack a clear understanding of what is required to achieve peace, security, democracy, and prosperity for all citizens. He emphasized that leaders must prioritize good governance for the welfare and well-being of the people and not lose sight of the bigger picture.
The former President stressed the importance of consistency and continuity in policy implementation. While acknowledging that Nigeria has had no shortage of policies, he lamented the failure in executing them properly. Obasanjo believes that with effective leadership, characterized by virtues, performance, and love for humanity and God, Nigeria can achieve significant progress and become a prominent player on the global stage.
He further expressed disappointment in Nigeria’s performance since gaining independence over six decades ago, suggesting that the country has not lived up to expectations both within Africa and on the world stage. Obasanjo pointed out that the book authored by Olusegun Aganga offers valuable insights on the way forward and presents an opportunity for introspection and corrective action.
In a related context, former President Goodluck Jonathan also praised Olusegun Aganga’s contributions during his tenure as trade minister, highlighting the former minister’s efforts in attracting foreign investments to Nigeria. Likewise, President Bola Tinubu commended Aganga’s accomplishments and pledged to promote meritocracy, as suggested in the book, within his government.