Get out of office, former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, erupts

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Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, erupted in anger on Tuesday against failed leaders who want to cling to power, advising them to simply “get out”.

Mr. Obasanjo did not directly refer to President Muhammadu Buhari, but the comments came at a time of heightened tensions between the current and former Nigerian leaders.

Obasanjo in open letters has argued that Mr. Buhari has failed Nigerians and should bow out. In counterattack, Mr. Buhari insinuated on Tuesday that Mr. Obasanjo had mismanaged at least $16 billion electricity projects funds with nothing to show for it when he was President of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.

Obasanjo and Buhari went head to head on Tuesday with attacks and counterattacks. Reacting to insinuations he had mismanaged electricity projects funds, Mr. Obasanjo urged Mr. Buhari to learn how to read a three-volume book he had written on the topic. He said the chapters should be summarized in a language he can “easily understand”.

At the convocation ceremony on Tuesday, Mr. Obasanjo went hard on leaders who have failed their people. He did not mention Mr. Buhari by name, but with an election next year and comments he had made so far, the comments left no one in doubt that he was referring to his now enemy number one.

“If you, as a leader, cannot give good leadership, good governance, understand what development is, and maintain values within our culture, then you must get out,” Mr. Obasanjo said at the 22nd Convocation Lecture of the Lagos State University (LASU).

“If you are in any leadership position, you must also observe three G’s: meaning you must give and get others to give; if you cannot do either of the two, you must get out of the system,” he added, according to report by online newspaper, Premium Times.

He identified higher education as panacea for social coalition and peace. Mr Obasanjo was the Chairman of the occasion.

The convocation lecture, entitled: “Role of Tertiary Education in Promoting Social Cohesion and Peace: Opportunities and Challenges for Nigeria’’, was delivered by Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission.

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