Obasanjo Gets Employed By The United Nations

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been taken back to the work force after being appointed into the United Nations (UN) High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation along with 17 other current and former global leaders. The Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez had in September announced the establishment of the board to provide him with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world.

 

The Board is composed of 18 current and former global leaders, senior officials and renowned experts who bring together an unparalleled range of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts. The Secretary-General explained that the establishment of the Board is part of the “surge in diplomacy for peace” he has consistently advocated, and gives due priority to the prevention and mediation work of the United Nations.

 

The Board is expected to allow the UN to work more effectively with regional organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world. In the announcement of the appointments, the world body described Obasanjo as one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.

 

It added: “He served as President of the Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and before that as the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces from 1976 to 1979. Over his long career, Mr. Obasanjo has been involved in numerous international mediation efforts, including in Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

 

“In 2008 he was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes region.”

 

Also appointed into the board are President Michelle Bachelet (Chile) who is serving her second non-consecutive term as president; Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka); a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee (Liberia); Jean-Marie Guéhenno (France), former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen (Finland); David Harland (New Zealand), Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore), and Nasser Judeh (Jordan).

 

Others are Ramtane Lamamra (Algeria), Graça Machel (Mozambique), Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzania), Raden Mohammad and Marty Muliana Natalegawa (Indonesia). Also appointed into the board are Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan), Michèle Pierre-Louis (Haiti), José Manuel Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste), Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala) and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (United Kingdom).

 

Obasanjo And Makarfi In Close Door Meeting

The National Leader and caretaker chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Markafi, is in a closed-door meeting with the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta.

 The ongoing meeting is taking place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.
Recalled that members of the caretaker committee in Ogun and a frontline aspirant for the national chairmanship seat, Chief Gbenga Daniel, paid Obasanjo a visit some days ago.
Details later.

Obasanjo Advocates Engineering Competence

Africa needs engineering competencies in problem-solving, design and analytical thinking to overcome its socio-economic development challenges, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said.

“In many parts of Africa, young engineers have not been trained for specific roles in the industry.

“We have to teach them to convert the technical knowledge acquired into useful artefacts needed in the industry,’’ Obasanjo said at the opening of the 3rd African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC) summit on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit held at the Covenant University, Ota in Ogun.

The former president delivered a keynote address at the summit which had the theme: “Engineering for Socio-Economic Development in Africa’’.

Obasanjo said that young engineers should also learn how to transform manufactured products into viable business ventures.

“Let us have more engineer entrepreneurs rather than engineer job seekers,’’ he urged.

According to him, the engineering curriculum of the 20th century is no longer sufficient to address the engineering challenges of the 21st century.

“UNESCO recognises the need to reform engineering education and support research to establish a baseline overview of existing best practices in engineering education in sub-Saharan Africa with special focus on student-centred learning,’’ he said.

He said that the emphasis on personal and professional attitudes by industries indicated that engineers were not only expected to be technically proficient but also to know how to behave and operate within an organisation.

“In the time past, Africa carved an enviable niche for itself in the field of textile, maritime technology, architecture, medicine, telecommunications, commerce, warfare and others, where are we today?

“Let me reiterate that my aim here is neither to romanticise the past nor bemoan it, but to use the past to help our present and inspire our future in socio-economic growth,” he said.

He called for more interaction between industries and universities to promote innovation and facilitate absorption of graduates by industries.

The former president said that such a relationship had become a subject of great interest to even policy makers.

“It will engender improvement and innovation in industry and help to ensure relevance in academic training and research,’’ he said.

Obasanjo, however, hailed African countries for embracing technology as a driver of development.

He noted that telecommunications, in particular, had improved quality of life across sub-Saharan Africa.

Obasanjo charged the council to see how technology could be further harnessed to improve the standard of living in Africa.

“According to Wikipedia, about 40 per cent of Africa-born scientists and engineers live and work in European countries.

“Some call it brain-drain and often dwell solely on the negative implications, but have we seriously thought of how this can be of benefit to the continent?’’

He lauded the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo, for vision and support for the development of humanity.

Obasanjo said that Oyedepo remained a true believer in the Africa project.

In his remarks, Oyedepo praised the council for organising the summit and for efforts so far in seeking solutions to challenges to the socio-economic growth of Africa.

He said that he looked forward to seeing innovations by the council that would tackle a greater part of challenges facing humanity.

The President of Guinea, who is also the President of the African Union (AU), Prof. Alpha Conde, called for a paradigm shift from the 20th-century engineering to the 21st-century engineering to facilitate Africa’s development.
Conde, represented by a Cabinet Minister in Guinea, Mr Alpha Amadou Barry, said that the continent would move forward through science and technology.

“Do not ask what Africa can do for you; rather, think of what you can do for Africa,” Conde urged.

The President, African Engineering Deans Council, Prof. Moses Obiazi, had in his opening speech, said that Africans’ access to shelter, water, sanitation and energy was vital for increased productivity.

“To realise this, African engineers must be fully involved as it is only Africa that will solve Africa’s problems.

“Currently, we do not have a specific policy framework to encourage and mobilise African engineers to collaborate in tackling Africa’s infrastructure and developmental challenges.

“AEDC is, therefore, poised to work through AU to help to foster collaboration in developing technologies, manpower, skill and competencies required to tackle Africa’s multiple challenges.

Obasanjo, Youth Neglect and the Fear of Revolution By Matthew Ozah

There is much to worry about the recent trepidation expressed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo regarding the alarming level of neglect of the nation’s youths. The fact that youths are the largest segment of the county’s population is enough to entertain some fear if they should not be given due attention. Sadly, they are glibly referred to as the future leaders without ensuring that a deliberate measure to aid their quest for public service or entrepreneurship be put in place.

Unarguably, youths are the engine that drives the economy of any nation and if given the opportunity to lead, they will make the nation regain its pride of place economically and in the international community. Therefore, to paraphrase Obasanjo, we will not transform if we continue to ignore the youths.

However, over the years, the challenges faced by the youths due to neglect are unimaginable. It is sad to note that many who tried to break the jinx and become self-employed or gain employment in government ministries often hit a brick wall. Perhaps, such is the case why most young people are adamant to the plea not to leave the country. And no amount of Jacob wrestling with the angel will stop them as they chose to risk their lives on a perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in search of greener pastures in Europe.

The danger that may arise from the minds of the neglected youths is better imagined than experienced. Perhaps, that is what necessitated Obasanjo to raise the alarm that the country might be consumed by youth anger as a result of neglect. In this regard, it is important for government to provide jobs for the young bulging population, so that, the ticking time bomb may not explode like it did during the Arab spring.

At the moment, the rate of unemployed youths is still astronomically high and government’s lackadaisical attitude towards creating jobs shows that the trend may not abate in the near future.

Obviously, it seems that government at all levels lacks foresight of what the youths really need and how to harness their potential. It is not enough for an elder statesman of Obasanjo’s status to implore the youths not to wish him and his likes dead and for young people to believe in themselves and never to lose hope or be frustrated because we have a wonderful country and resources. It would be fairer for Obasanjo to question himself as well as past and present leaders thus: What foundation did we lay for the youths to believe in? Or is he speaking in order to be exonerated from those who blatantly refused to give the youths a chance? Besides, what makes the country and its resources wonderful when its youths are neglected?

Of recent, one of the roads most travelled by people is the path that leads to politics. On this journey, politicians pride themselves among others as servants of the people, bridge builders and the ones that bring social services and so on to the common man. Yet, the youths are neglected and without jobs while the majority of the citizens are languishing in abject poverty. This is very sad for an oil-rich nation like Nigeria.

In the face of all these inadequacies, political elders and politicians continue to enjoy life, wealth, power and privileges. While the youths and the masses are ravaged by poverty. The question therefore is: when would the elders hear the clarion call and allow the youths to weather the storm and lead? Or are they comfortable with the continued neglect and joblessness of youth?

Notwithstanding the neglect of the youths some of the so-called elders make young people to participate actively in protest to pressure government to reverse a policy not favourable to them among others. Indeed, there is no harm in protesting. But, they should rather protest against injustice, corruption, anti-people policies and so on. Young people should actively get involved in politics and other forms of leadership in order to help reclaim public confidence and faith in politics and government. Yes, Obasanjo is right when he said: “Japan does not have any resources yet it is one of the largest economies in the world”. But, he failed to tell us the age of the people managing such a large economy and why it is very difficult for Nigerian leaders to emulate them.

Regrettably, in these climes, sit-tight leaders abound. Political leaders find it difficult to relinquish power as they hide under the illusion that young people need to cut their teeth in politics and be properly nurtured and groomed before enough trust and confidence can be reposed in them to lead and hold sensitive political offices. In confirming the above point, Obasanjo said: “Don’t wish us dead, don’t wish us to disappear because you will need us …to mentor you and prepare you for the future…you need our experience…to guide you…” Certainly, young people need guidance but, not the likes in the Constitution which guides them out from contesting as president in the country with the age clause.

However, the youthful revolution burning like wild harmattan fire in the political arena around the world could serve as a lesson for Nigerian leaders, elders and political elite to allow young people to shoulder more of government’s responsibilities. This is because, allowing young people as leaders will serve as a mirror for the youths to see their own face and give judgment of other faces reflected there before. The recent appointment of very aged people as ambassadors and ministers is not only appalling but a slap on the youths. This is because the majority of these elderly people cannot function effectively in the new age of information technology as it is absolutely very strange to them. Indeed, one of the recently appointed elderly ambassadors confessed during the Senate screening that information technology is not for his generation. Yet, he will be an ambassador to mostly young Nigerians in the Diaspora whose source of information and interaction is the internet.

No doubt, the youthful 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron, President of France will be an eye opener for Nigerian leaders and its youths. No doubt, Nigeria’s youths are brilliant, smart and courageous. But their interest in politics and leadership should be inspired by an enabling environment before they can hit the ground running to help build the nation. Indeed, it is unacceptable for successive governments to continue to keep the youths inactive, indolent and unproductive. Such uncharitable action exhibited by government towards the youths sooner or later may trigger Obasanjo’s fear of the youths’ anger which may consume all.

To avert a revolution by the youths, government should without hesitation invest heavily in projects that create real job opportunities for them and not waste resources on elephant projects. More so, an enabling environment should be made available for human capacity development as much as agriculture is made very attractive to young people.

Investigate Obasanjo Over The Malabu Oil Deal, Ijaw Tells Obasanjo

A group known as the Ijaw Union has asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to probe former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his role in the controversial Malabu oil deal.

In a statement on Monday, Ebitari Dombraye and Wilson Awengidappa on behalf of the group, also charged the acting president to conduct a fresh investigation into the Halliburton scandal and the recovery of the Abacha loot during the Obasanjo administration.

The group said the revocation of OPL245 from Malabu Oil and Gas Limited did not follow the due process.

They alleged that Obasanjo went directly to negotiate directly with Shell and that his government extracted $210 million as against $20 million earlier awarded to Malabu.

It said that there were plans to appoint “a crony to take ownership of the asset with Shell.”

“Let us recall that in 2001, the Obasanjo government revoked the award to Malabu Oil and Gas even after the Christopher Kolade commission set up to review previously awarded oil blocks in the country found nothing untoward in the award to Malabu Oil and Gas,” the statement read.

“This revocation did not follow due process or indeed the petroleum act and what was even more curious; no reason whatsoever was given for the revocation.

“The former president did this in blatant disregard of the petroleum act and indigenisation policy, a major consideration for the award.

“Despite revoking the block, the ex-president also went ahead to negotiate directly with Shell where they extracted a $210 million from Shell as against $20 million earlier awarded to Malabu with plans to appoint a crony to take ownership of the asset with Shell.

“Former President Obasanjo’s government reinstated the asset to Malabu with Chief Obasanjo as petroleum minister and Bayo Ojo (SAN), as Attorney General, the Yar’Adua government validated it with Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) as petroleum minister and Michael Aoondaka as Attorney General and finally the Goodluck Jonathan administration with Diezani Madueke as minister and Mohammed Adoke (SAN) as attorney-general.

“If Chief Obasanjo’s claim has any currency, are we saying none of these individuals and ministries and the plethora of egg-heads that populate them including officials of Shell and ENI the other counterparties, could not have pointed out the fact that the 2006 approval to return the block to Malabu was done without the knowledge or consent of the president or minister of petroleum who was one and the same person?”

Why Goodluck Was selected For Yar’Adua – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun  Obasanjo has explained what informed his decision to elevate Goodluck Jonathan from the governor of Bayelsa State to the Presidency as a running mate and subsequently vice president under President Umaru Yar’adua (late).

In a book, Against The Run Of Play, written by a former Yar’Adua’s spokesman, Mr Segun Adeniyi, and to be launched today in Lagos, Chief Obasanjo confirmed that former governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, was actually his first choice as Yar’adua’s running mate. But the former president said some hurdles he did not disclose in the book made that preference unrealizable.

This confirmation knocked off a statement by a former Bayelsa State governor, the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who once said in an interview that Obasanjo chose Jonathan to be Yar’Adua’s deputy in the 2007 election because of he, Obasanjo, wanted to stop his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, from running for president.

“Olusegun Obasanjo told me that since Atiku and I wanted to take his job, that it would be over his dead body, and that unless he died, Atiku cannot be president of Nigeria. Obasanjo said since Atiku had picked me as his running mate, he would make sure that he dealt with and disgraced us. He said he was going to use my deputy to rubbish me before everybody.” Alamieyeseigha had told journalists.

But Obasanjo, insisting in Adeniyi’s book that the reason was far from this, said, “Of course, Jonathan was not my first choice as running mate to Yar’Adua; it was Dr Peter Odili. But whether by fate or some conspiracy, Odili had hurdles that made it impossible for him to take that position. That was how I settled for Jonathan.” Obasanjo said in the book however that he did not do enough due diligence on Jonathan.

Adeniyi’s book referred to some emails dated between July 2004 and December 2011 from various American embassies which posed questions on Jonathan’s moral credentials before Obasanjo supported him.

Also explaining why he picked Yar’Adua to succeed him despite the latter’s illness, a decision that eventually produced Jonathan as president, Chief Obasanjo said Yar’adua’s response to two clarifications he posed to him convinced him that he, Obasanjo, could go ahead with his decision.

“One, the lingering doubts about his health, while the other was a very pervasive allegation that he had a manipulative wife who had too much influence on him,” Obasanjo said. He posited that Yar’adua dismissed the allegation against his wife, suggesting that some people were just jealous of their closeness. On his health, Yar’adua handed Obasanjo the medical report he sought from him.

“Not being a medical practitioner, I gave the report to a friend and renowned professional in the medical field who reviewed it and told me that the person in the report was not on dialysis, which meant either he didn’t have a kidney problem or that he had successfully undergone a kidney transplant. That was the report I had about his health,” Adeniyi quoted Obasanjo as saying.

 

Source: Daily Post

Jonathan, From Beginning, Was Too Small For The Presidency – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the book, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria, written by former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, has revealed that Jonathan was gripped by the fear that Buhari, as president, would jail him or lead him to an early grave.

In the 204-page book, former President Jonathan is himself quoted as saying he could not be held accountable for provocative remarks made by some of his supporters, even as former Senate President, David Mark, is also quoted in the book as alleging that he forewarned the former president about the alleged conspiracy against him in the north but to no avail.

Olusegun Obasanjo said that former President Goodluck Jonathan from his first days as President showed he was too small for the office, saying he, Obasanjo, acted more as an opponent of Jonathan than a supporter of Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 presidential poll.

Obasanjo, who said Jonathan deceived him that he would not give Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke the petroleum portfolio in his cabinet was deceived into believing that he could use money to buy the 2015 presidential election.

 

Obasanjo Says His Position In Last Election Was AOBJ

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan from his first days as President showed he was too small for the office, saying he, Obasanjo, acted more as an opponent of Jonathan than a supporter of Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 presidential poll. He also said in the last Election his position was AOBJ meaning: Any Option But Jonathan

Obasanjo, who said Jonathan deceived him that he would not give Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke the petroleum portfolio in his cabinet was deceived into believing that he could use the money to buy the 2015 presidential election.

Obasanjo in the book, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria, written by a former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, also revealed that Jonathan was gripped by the fear that Buhari, as president, would jail him or lead him to an early grave.

In the 204-page book, former President Jonathan is himself quoted as saying he could not be held accountable for provocative remarks made by some of his supporters, even as former Senate President, David Mark, is also quoted in the book as alleging that he forewarned the former president about the alleged conspiracy against him in the north but to no avail.

Problems of  minority agitation

Obasanjo in the book is quoted as saying that following Umaru Yar’Adua’s death in 2010, he endorsed Jonathan for the 2011 presidential election principally to solve the problems of minority agitation in Nigeria.

The former President said: “I saw the emergence of Jonathan as an opportunity to solve the problem of minority agitation. The three majority ethnic groups in Nigeria can always sort themselves out but not so for the minority. A good example is my state here in Ogun.

“Despite the best of intentions, nobody from Ogun West has been able to become governor because of this minority issue and it will take a conscious effort to make it happen. So, it was in the context of that I had to plead with prominent people in the North to allow Jonathan run for a term.”

I warned him not to make Diezani petroleum minister

But in a tone laden with regrets, Obasanjo pointed out that there were certain things Jonathan did that fell below his expectations as a former president.

“There were certain decisions taken by Jonathan very early in his administration that pointed to the fact that the office was bigger than him and one of them was the appointment of a petroleum minister,” he said.

According to Obasanjo, he cautioned Jonathan not to appoint Diezani Alison-Madueke to such a sensitive sector but the president ignored his counsel.

“Jonathan gave me the impression that he was not going to give her the portfolio but at the end he did and we can see the consequence. He, of course, knew what he was doing,” Obasanjo stated.

Why I opposed Jonathan

The former president also hinted at what riled him against Jonathan and why he parted ways with him in the run-up to the 2015 election, a development which has given the impression that he was actively working in support of Buhari’s candidature. But Obasanjo denied any direct support to Buhari.

He said: “I didn’t join them in supporting Buhari; I joined in opposing Jonathan so Buhari was just a beneficiary of my opposition to Jonathan since my position was AOBJ: meaning Any Option But Jonathan.”,

Obasanjo explained that Jonathan and his handlers believed that they could buy the last election and that they were so arrogant about it that the PDP would print only one nomination form for him and him alone. He said: “If he was wise, he would have yielded the ticket to somebody else in the PDP.”

Jonathan was not really afraid of life after office but Buhari

The former president, who also criticised the role played by the military in the last election, said he suspected that Jonathan was not really afraid of life after office that Buhari, his successor.

“I believe the President’s concern or fear is not about life after office per se because he and I have had occasions to talk about this both seriously and jovially. I believe the President’s fear is particularly motivated by the person he sees as his likely successor, that is General Buhari. I believe the people would have been telling him that Buhari is a hard man; he would fight corruption and he (Jonathan) may end up in jail if not in the grave,” Obasanjo narrated in the book.

The book also placed the defeat of Jonathan at the 2015 poll on the utterances of those close to the former president, chief among them being his wife, Patience.

The book recalls the allegation by former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, accusing the former first lady of insulting the North with incendiary language, thereby alienating them from Jonathan during the election.

It quoted Mrs Jonathan as making a denigrating remark against Almajiri in the north, by saying “Our people no dey born children wey dem no dey count. Our men no dey born throw way for street; we no dey like people from the other side”, an apparent reference to the concept of Almajiri common in the north.

Reminded in the book that some persons close to him, especially Chief Edwin Clark and Asari Dokubo, were rather vocal and provocative in their utterances, Jonathan wondered why he should be held accountable for their personal opinions.

The former president retorted: “Okay,  let us agree for the sake of argument that Chief Clark and the others were offensive, what about those from other ethnic groups who were also making the incendiary statement about my person with insinuations about people who wear bowler hats?

“I am not defending whoever may have crossed the line among Ijaw people but let us be fair, why should I be held accountable for that and you would not hold other leaders accountable for what politicians from their own ethnic groups also said? he queried.

On why Jonathan lost the election, former Senate President, David Mark, said that he saw the defeat coming and had pointed out the unrealistic voting projections made by the party about the North to the former president and the conspiracy against him but he was not taken seriously.

He said Jonathan should have seen the handwriting on the wall and done something about what was pointed out to him but no action was taken.

Mark lamented, “I saw it and at difference times, I pointed out to him and the party that the projections being made by some people around the president about what the voting pattern in the north would be wrong.

“I could see the conspiracy and the gang-up building up in the north against the aspiration of Jonathan but my voice was drowned out by those who took it for granted that a sitting president, and one from PDP, could not lose,” Mark said.

The former Senate President also mentioned that the former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, was also aware that Jonathan was not strong in the North but apparently had little to say in the campaign to re-elect Jonathan.

“Some people were deceiving the president with the kind of false scenarios they were painting for him. The VP could see the conspiracy but I don’t know how much influence he had on the campaign. Why Jonathan couldn’t see it until it was too late is what I find difficult to understand,” Mark pointed out.

Obsanjo The Most Corrupt President In Nigeria- Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused former President Olusegun Obsanjo of being the most corrupt President to have ever ruled the country.

He said this in a statement issued on his behalf by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications.

“Obasanjo that I know does not have morals rights to accuse anyone of corruption because he eats and sleeps with corruption,” he said.

“If anyone must accuse the church in Nigeria of promoting corruption, that person cannot be Obasanjo because he presided over the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria.”

“Where did Obasanjo get the stupendous wealth he is parading since he was a pauper before he became president?” Fayose asked.

“Where did he get the trillions of naira that he deployed to his failed third term bid? How can Obasanjo, under whose tenure Nigeria witnessed Halliburton scandal be sermonising about corruption? Who introduced politics of Ghana-must-go bags to the national assembly?

“Who was the president when sacks of money were displayed on the floor of the house of representatives, as bribe money given to some reps members to impeach the then speaker, Ghali N’abba?

“Under whose administration was the out-of-court settlement in the ‎controversial $1.09 billion Malabu oil block initiated in 2006?”

This accusation was a retaliation to Obasanjo’s words to the Clergy  speaking on at the 2017 convention lecture of Victory Life Bible Church International, Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Saturday. He had accused church leaders of accepting gifts without questioning their sources.

Olusegun Obasanjo Eductates EFCC On Investigation Processes

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission not only to carry out thorough investigation of corruption cases, but also hire the services of ‘Ogbologbo’ lawyers.

An ‘Ogbologbo’, a Yoruba word  means ‘seasoned, experienced person.

Obasanjo gave the advice yesterday while reacting President Muhammadu’s Buhari’s charge to the EFCC to stop losing cases.

Obasanjo said, “I was reading today when the President (Muhammadu Buhari) said the EFCC should stop losing cases. They lose cases for a number of reasons.

“One, they engage more of outside lawyers. I believe that they need staunch, `Ogbologbo'(seasoned) lawyers inside that will do the work.

“If I am a lawyer and I want the opponent to win a case, what I will file will be `wishy washy. And if I file a `wishy washy’ case, the opponent will see the loophole and he will get out of it. I believe that it is important.

“Secondly, thorough investigation is very important. Now, investigation must be thorough, it must be proper and it must be really taken seriously.

“Third, our judges must be committed in fighting corruption.

“They must be committed to fighting corruption. Because if the investigation is very sound and you have `ogbologbo’ lawyer to handle the case, if you have Salamigate, you know what the answer will be.

“So it is a chain: investigation, prosecution and the judiciary. If there is weakness along this line, chances are that corruption cases will continue to be lost, “he said.

Obasanjo made the comments on Sunday while playing host to members of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun Chapter, at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta.

He also debunked the allegation that his government plotted to kill former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (rtd ) as claimed by Bamaiyi in his book.

The former president explained that his administration only asked Bamaiyi to respond to accusations that he was responsible for some killings,  saying that the decision was legitimate.

“That I wanted to kill him? What of the people he killed? My government did not plot to kill him.

“My government asked him to answer to those that were alleged to have been killed by him and that is legitimate.

“That if there is an allegation that you have done something, that you have committed a crime, then you are arrested, you should answer and that is all.

“Who the hell is he that I would want to kill him? Kill him for what? To achieve what? No! .

“There were allegations, the police and the law enforcement agencies decided to look into the allegations.

“They invited him and they asked him to answer as a result of what was found, so they charged him to court.

“So, it’s now up to him, the investigators as I said, the prosecutors and the judiciary. That’s all,” Obasanjo said.

OSUN DEFENDER reports that Bamaiyi had recently alleged that his incarceration for more than eight years was  punishment for opposing the choice of Obasanjo as successor to former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The allegation was contained in his book, “Vindication of A General” which was unveiled last weekend in Abuja.

Bamaiyi also claimed in the book that the incarceration was to keep him away for fear that he would overthrow the Obasanjo government.

He wrote that as soon as Obasanjo took over, Gen. Abubakar and some of his people told Obasanjo that if he [Bamaiyi] was left free, he would overthrow the government.

Obasanjo Praises Osoba’s Role in Presidential Library

Governor, Olusegun Osoba, played a major role in the establishment of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. And disclosed that the former Ogun state governor also played a major role in it too.

Mr. Obasanjo stated this on Saturday at the commissioning of the library, which was part of activities marking his 80th birthday held in Abeokuta.

The former Nigerian leader said Mr. Osoba as governor of Ogun State approved the large expanse of land on which the library is built; and at a subsidised rate. But for that gesture, the project may not have come to fruition, he said, thanking Mr. Osoba.

Mr. Obasanjo also commended ex-military head of state, Abdulsalam Abubakar, who released him from prison.

Mr. Obasanjo was imprisoned by late military dictator, Sani Abacha, over a phantom coup. He was released by Mr. Abubakar who emerged military ruler after the death of Mr. Abacha.

The ex-Nigerian leader also said Mr. Abubakar’s administration cleared him of all any involvement in the phantom coup which made it possible for him to contest the presidential election in 1998.

Mr. ‎Obasanjo said the library was the fulfilment of the vision he had in 1988 to collect vital materials of the civil war (1967-1970).
He described the library as a centre of knowledge and one that would sustain culture and encourage tourism.

The former president commended the Board of Trustees and the management of the library, saying without them the library wouldn’t have been possible.