Bayo Akinloye and Toluwani Eniola
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he won’t apologize for treading on anyone’s toes amid his rule as leader of the nation somewhere in the range of 1999 and 2007.
Obasanjo said he did what he needed to do and had no second thoughts.
The senior statesman talked in Lagos on Friday amid a gathering sorted out by his nearby partners to praise his 80th birthday celebration.
“I make no conciliatory sentiments for treading on anyone’s toes. On the off chance that anyone put their toes on my way, I will tread on them,” Obasanjo said.
He credited Nigeria’s hardships to irregularities in government approaches.
Obasanjo said the disappointment of progressive pioneers to combine on the accomplishments of their antecedents had made administration resemble an incomprehensible undertaking.
Obasanjo reviewed that amid one of his visits to Singapore, he asked the nation’s previous Prime Minister, Harry Lee Kuan Yew, the insider facts of the Asian nation’s prosperity.
The previous president stated, “He (Yew) essentially disclosed to me their mystery was that they completed a couple of things right and kept on doing them right. We continue bemoaning as though Nigeria is difficult to run or get things rights.
“I imagine that amid my residency as president, we did many things right yet our inability to keep on doing what we have done right is the issue.
“Something we got right was the Universal Basic Education. We said Nigerians had no reason not to have somewhere around nine years of instruction.
“On essential medicinal services, we did things right since we understood that in the event that we gave fundamental consideration to jungle fever treatment, we would lessen newborn child and maternal mortality.
“On hostile to defilement, I think we hit the nail on the head. However, did we keep on getting things right?”
Talking prior at the event, two previous governors, Gbenga Daniel (Ogun State) and Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun State) had guaranteed that Obasanjo trod on their toes amid his organization.
“Truth be told, Baba relatively smashed my toes. Be that as it may, Baba is an awesome man who thinks about the country and needs things to be done the correct way,” Daniel stated, with Oyinlola communicating a similar feeling.
A previous Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, in his comments, applauded the previous president for his initiative accomplishments in the nation, adding that Obasanjo contributed enormously to his own vocation.
“Things truly occurred amid that period and there were two or three troublesome minutes on the grounds that 99 for each penny of the general population we captured were Peoples Democratic Party individuals.
“He (Obasanjo) practiced poise; he declined to meddle with the everyday running of the EFCC. Obasanjo is a living verification that diligent work does not murder. I wish he could never resign. You can’t stand to resign.”
So also, a previous Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, while commending Obasanjo amid the occasion, depicted the ex-president as “a terrible man” who pushed everybody in his group to buckle down.
“Baba is a terrible man; despite the fact that he was the most seasoned in the group, he buckled down and anticipated that others would do too. I disclosed to him I didn’t have as much quality as he would expect, Baba answered, ‘Ole, ole!’ (lazybones; thief!).”
http://punchng.com/I-make-no-expressions of remorse for-treading-on-toes-says-obasanjo/