15 February 2013

Nigeria: I Have Been Abused for Proffering Solutions to Nation's Problems - Obasanjo

Benin City — FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, said that he has nothing else to say about the problems facing the nation, regretting that he had been abused in some quarters, each time he proffers solution to the country's problems.

The former President, who spoke to newsmen shortly after he paid a courtesy visit on Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State in Benin, explained that he was in Benin to honour the late former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Dr. Abel Guobadia, whom according to him, contributed immensely to the growth of democracy in the country.

Chief Obasanjo, who was asked to comment on the problems of corruption and insecurity facing the nation, said: "I have flogged the issue of corruption internally and externally. I have flogged it every day, some people go along with me, and they agree that it is a problem that we must face squarely. Some people abuse me.

"But the point is that when you have a problem and you attempt to cover it, you are not solving the problem, rather, you are complicating the problem. Even the problem of security, I have been discussing it. I have gone on a fact finding mission. I have found out what is there and what is not there. I had talked, and talked. I have nothing more to add."

He commended what he described as the monumental achievement of Governor Oshiomhole in the state, saying "before you came, they ran the state aground, but today, you have ran it up. I am happy with your achievements today. Formerly, you used to be radically but today, you are facing realism. But frankly speaking, you have not disappointed us."

Responding, Oshiomhole, who commended the former president for visiting the state, described him as a leader, whom many Nigerians have learnt a lot from.

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