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Obasanjo Blames Jonathan For Power, Electricity Problem In Nigeria, Says Leaders Not Helping

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Nov 4, 2014 – Obasanjo Talks Power, Electricity Problem In Nigeria, Says Jonathan & Other Leaders Not Willing To Help

Ex-President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo has come after his successors for the power instability in Nigeria.

According to OBJ, for Nigeria to enjoy stable power supply, 2,000 Megawatts of electrical current must be generated each year.

Obasanjo said this during an event tagged ‘First Green Legacy Moment with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Leadership and Human Security in Africa’, that held in Abeokuta.

See transcript of his speech below:

“Part of our problems is lack of political will on the part of the leaders. What does a leader understands about development? Any leader worth his salt should know that power is very important. It is the driver of all developments, be it social, economic, and even political.

“When I was military head of state, I developed the Jebba Dam, I developed Shiroro, I started Egbin. (Ex-President Shehu)Shagari came and completed Egbin and commissioned Jebba and Shiroro.

“Between Shagari in 1983, until I came back in 1999, there was no single dime invested in power generation. If anything, the ones that were there were allowed to go down.”

“A country like Nigeria must be adding not less than 2,000 megawatts every year if we are to be moving on the path of development.

“If you will remember, when I came back in 1999, my first Minister of Power was late Bola Ige. I won’t say Bola didn’t know what he was doing and he said publicly that he would fix the power problems in six months.

“After one year, Bola with his capacity couldn’t fathom what was wrong with power. It was riddled with corruption. Then we had no money. People have forgotten that in 1999/2000, the price of crude oil was US $9 per barrel. So, I wanted the oil companies, Mobil, Total and they wouldn’t go.

“When we started having money, we started the National Integrated Power Plant. When we said the money we had should be invested in power, my successor didn’t understand; he stopped it. If for almost 20 years we did not achieve anything in power generation, then we may not be able to get it again.”

“For us to say that we are industrialising country, we must be generating much more than what South Africa is generating, say 100,000 megawatts.

“What year will Nigeria get there if we are adding 2,000 megawatts each year? For us to get to 100,000 mega watts, I leave the mathematics to you. It sounds very discouraging but that is the reality.”

Nigerian politicians are yeye people. They will promise citizens heaven on earth during their campaign.

Once they take over power, they will do nothing until re-election time.

Behind this same power problem is massive looting, corruption and the likes.

What will it cost Nigeria to invest in all the necessary technology to ensure adequate supply of electricity.

Money is not our problem in this country, our enemies are the pot-bellied, corrupt and selfish politicians who care only about their future and the future of their children.

They have forgotten that what goes around comes around.

How can you loot a nation dry and expect the best for your generation??? God is watching them.

Nigerians are yearning and praying for revolution, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!.



  1. Segun Famoriyo

    November 4, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    I have said it before obasanjo is one of the best president in Nigeria and his greatest mistake is what brought nigeria into dis mess.
    He lost my loyality when he used all his power to bring jonathan to power now it has backfired.
    ObJ is a traitor

  2. Chizzy baby

    November 4, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    But jonathan just started let him finish his 2nd term to see if he can do something or not let’s not generalise please

    • muyi

      November 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Chizzy so until this your brother and his so call people dry up all our money before you know is working.abi.

      • samuel

        November 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Obasanjo can not blame jonathan after serving eight years working fixing power and now he wants someone else to do it. birds of a feather

    • Citizen

      November 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      @chizzy baby, well maybe u dnt live in Nigeria, Jonathan has been in power for 6years, so him going for the second term is not gonna make any difference, if he wanna do something, it would have been done already. Dnt know maybe it’s me, why is he still in power? Everything is wrong with his administration, he is nt strong to be a door man, to talk of leading Nigerians

    • justin

      November 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      if you give him 10 term he will do nothing I bet you.

  3. Toheeb Ojuola

    November 4, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Nigeria is an orphaned star child that is why they are taking her for granted.
    God will help her.


    November 4, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    NEPA / PHCN officials are more corrupt than the nigeria police the are dubious and also not reliable.

  5. talktrue

    November 4, 2014 at 5:13 AM

    @chizzy baby u av no se**** is better for u nd ur stu*** people u call ur family to vote him for 2nd term.oloshi omo ale

    • tell_it_like_it_is

      November 4, 2014 at 5:57 AM

      Common @talk true, Chizzy baby has a right to her opinions however misinformed it may be. And calling her family stupid? That is uncalled for really and very disrespectful! But seriously @ Chizzy baby, Where have you been all these 6years when Jonathan was President? I dont want to use strong language on him (Jonathan) but suffice it to say, even if we give that man till Armageddon, he still cant do squat for the country!

  6. yvonne

    November 4, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    U guyz should stop criticizing mr president cos no one is perfect the bitter truth is dat no one can remedy this country they are all the same. What difference did obj make during his time that he is now castigating jonathan

  7. Prophet Gbenga Rotimi"KINI IWO NFE"

    November 4, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    The word of GOD say’s”Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come the falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
    Am not in support or against anybody but sinner’s know themself and weaking point.
    How many of them were in that position for the sake of the citizen?, when be want to be you have access to them but when they are in the position they become something difficult, they are all equal.


    November 4, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Make we stop running mouth here let everybody that will vote in Nigeria use our vote to vote DARKNESS call PDP out of power they are wicked PDP are corrupt ,we have try PDP and they have fail us vote right vote Jonathan out 2015 let stop them from use plane to flee our money out of country why Nigeria people are hungry,no any party is good but we have try PDP and nothing come out of it vote them out let another party take over from PDP in 2015 and see what will happen ,we need change we are tired of PEOPLE DECEITFUL PEOPLE (PDP)

  9. FX2

    November 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Kettle wey dey called pot black

  10. Blue

    November 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    No president in nigeria history of nigeria had the kind of challanges jonathan had in his few years in power….obasanjo rules nigeria for more than 10yrs with less challanges yet he cant improve our epilaptic power supple…while blaming jonathan who has jst ruled for 6yrs..? A case of pot calling kettle black….the gang ups ar jst too much….

  11. ANGEL

    November 4, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    When OBJ was president what did do for eradication of power failure.Power is even better now than when OBJ was president.He should go and rest.I am tired of when people are no longer in office ,they will giving opinions on how to do things right.Why didn’t they do it when in power.

  12. ANGEL

    November 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    What did OBJ do to eradicate power failure when He was the president of Nigeria.I am tired of people that always castigate or criticize on things when they are no longer in power.What prevented him from putting the power sector right during his 8 years rule.

  13. Joel Kufre

    November 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    God will see us through!

  14. Ukwu

    November 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    hmm wetin dis old baba dey talk make im go sidon old cow tot he was there many times b4 he should have get it done b4 now so why complaining
    imagine kettle dey call pot black
    you are no where better find somewea go sleep old man


    November 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Obj is talking rubbish because he have been there.what did he do during his time. He wasted it, now he want someone else to clear his messed.the problem with Our Leaders is they think Naija belong to them and their families. But I promise you Guys one thing.what happen in Burkina Faso will happen to Naija.

  16. Tm

    November 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I dont want to comment untill after febuary next year but you guys have call on me again..when OBJ is the pres4dent do we have steady power in nigeria?..i’m in nigeria untill he complete his 8yrs befor i travel out..there is never a steady power since i was born a nigerian..all this politicians are the same..OBJ why not say we have steady power when you are there!

  17. mr fact

    November 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Who is fooling who?

  18. ola

    November 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM


  19. Rico Brown

    November 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    All the way for GEJ.. Come 2015 he will be re-elected the president of Naija. Obasanjo like to sound like he was the messiah, he failed woefully..

  20. Rico Brown

    November 4, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    All the way for GEJ. Come 2015, he will be re-elected president of nigeria.. Obasanjo sounds like he was the messiah, which he’s not. He failed woefully.

  21. Metu Nyetu

    November 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Now I knw exactly exactly Y Nigeria has not changed. Neva again wil I blame our leaders 4 incompetence. Frm d comments I read here, I c dat short memory is our major prblm. I BLAME IT ON SHORT MEMORY. OBJ looted d coun3 b4 he left Aso Rock. Nw he stands @a corner & trys to assume dat holier-dan-thou, big-uncle advisorial responsibility, & wat chills my spine d most is dat he is nw reckond d best presidnt dat Nigeria eva had bcs of diz ceaseless altruistic lectures he givs us time afta time. Maybe wen GEJ quits office & starts 2 offer his successor similar let-d-oda-man-do-it adivices, u all dat call him evil names nw would turn & approve him. U dnt take time 2 analyse things; u willingly submit urslf 2b used as pawns.

    As 4me, I hav jst learnt 2nyt dat d best presidnt is d ex-presidnt. D Akwa-Ibom man says Nfuna ibagha, which means “No prblm”.

  22. Kenchuks

    November 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Obj thought we are all fools in this country called Nigeria.where is our $16b(sixteen billon dollars you invested in power sector)its the mess you put us in that GEJ is trying to should hid your head in shame.

  23. ranting mouth

    November 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    i can’t help laughing out loud, u people are just arguing among yourselves 4 nottin, dis f*** called OBJ, destroyed Nigeria with his own hand, when he was in power WHAT DID HE FIXED RIGHT, pot calling kettle black, he should be in prison, Jonathan is trying dey make d country a hell 4 him to govern, how can jonathan succeeds when u have OBJ, BABAGINDA n other thieves still a life, late FELA said it all b4

  24. Barr ike

    November 4, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    This attention seeker is senile..gbafuo!

  25. DavidDonald

    November 5, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    I said it Before, Obasanjo is nothing bt a POSTURE, HYPOCRIST, SABOTUER, he ruled 4 8yrs nd tell me 1 Major thing that he acheived as a President? NONE, Naija Delta militant he couldn’t Tackle 4 8yrs ws leta tackled by Late Yar’adua, nd he had Temerity 2 Blame the federal Gov. 4 power failure, the power Failure in his own regm ws Worster than This Jonathan Regm, YORUBA AND THERE HYPOCRITICAL BEHAVIOUR, (SHAKING MY HEAD)

  26. Charlz

    March 13, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    OBJ and Get are both a failure. I keep wondering why Nigerians keep saying Get has ruled ‘for just 6 years’ its really disgusting. Late president Yaradua ruled for just 2 years and did what OBJ and GET couldn’t do for years, Yaradua dropped old price, he gave Niaja delta militant amnesty and increased all Force men salary, He was a sample of a good leader. What have OBJ and GET done for this country?

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