Obasanjo defends self on successor after 2007

Posted by News Express | 16 July 2015 | 2,531 times

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Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has refuted views by some critics that he may have exercised poor judgement in choosing a successor before he left office.

The former president made the statement on Wednesday while giving his opinion about some views of persons who reviewed the book, “My Watch” that he may have subtly alluded to his poor judgement by the way he criticised those who came after him.

Mr Obasanjo, however, maintained that contrary to the sectional views, his administration was guided by facts available and that the best judgement was made in the choice of members of his team and successor.

He added that those who engage in such criticism usually do not have all the facts.

“Do Better”

Obasanjo made the assertion in an exclusive interview with Channels Television at his hill top residence in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

“Even if you take your son as your successor, you are not sure of what he will do when he gets there. Don’t ever kid yourself.

“What do I know about any successor? What he presents. When he gets there he presents it differently.

“We did our best, but if you say our best is not good enough, I will say, when it comes to your turn, do better.

“With all the people that are available, for successor, what we came up with was about the best that, at that time we could think of,” he said.

Obasanjo further stressed that he could not have selected someone he knew was corrupt for the position of a president.

“Is it the one that we know is corrupt that we will now go and take? No!

“If I give the job to the corrupt, will I be able to defend myself before God and man?” he questioned.

(Channels TV)

Photo shows: Obasanjo



Source: News Express

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