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Obasanjo Blames Clueless Leaders For Poverty Prevalence In Nigeria

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January 20, 2018 – Obasanjo Blames Clueless Leaders For Poverty Prevalence In Nigeria

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo today blamed the current poverty in the country on bad choices made by its leaders.

Obasanjo warned that hard choices must therefore be taken by leaders, to break the poverty cycle, including having to step on toes when necessary.

He spoke at the 7th convocation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja where he was awarded a PhD in Christian Theology.

He said:

“I have come out with the conviction that poverty is not our lot or the lot of any individual or group in Nigeria. It is the choice made consciously or unconsciously by our leaders.

“The beginning of getting Nigeria out of poverty into wealth creation and employment generation is in our choice of leaders who understand what development means and what it entails and who are ready to do what needs to be done and make hard choices that need to be made.

“This includes stepping on toes of friends and well- wishers who will not conform to the transformation or change agenda.”

The former President noted that there is no age limit, no status barrier and social limit for functional education.

He added that as a former student of the institution, he rejected special favours just to experience the process leading to the award of PhD degree.

“I wrote my examination in my study centre with other students to utilize the learner support service like any other student. I went through the rigour and discipline of the graduate school like any post graduate student,” he noted.



  1. Adeola

    January 20, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    I cannot understand this old man as if he had never ruled Nigeria before. When he was there, what did he do to ameliorate the poor conditions of the Nigerians?

  2. Mon

    January 21, 2018 at 2:52 AM

    We will start listening to you after you admitted of being part of the problem.

    You ruled for many years and wasn’t able to put anything in order,after failing to have it your way for extension,hence you and your cohorts are behind every president after your tenure. Election are always conducted for normality sake,ESPECIALLY in Nigeria.
    Can anybody explain what this father of corruption is talking about? Nonsense.

  3. mulikat

    January 21, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    you are 1 of the clueless leadres that putnaija into poorverty, you are part of naija problem.

  4. Stanley Jones

    January 21, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    see big empty head blaming leaders as if he do better during him time as president

  5. DB

    January 21, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Baba, you forgot the pronoun ‘we’ while mentioning clueless leaders sir. You also forgot to acknowledge the things you didn’t do right sir. Dont start playing the saint now, it doesn’t suit you at all.

  6. Omolabake Agunbiade

    January 22, 2018 at 4:33 AM

    Pot calling kettle black

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