Most Nigerian leaders’ knowledge of development shallow – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, lambasted Nigerian leaders, stating that most of them were empty as far as development issues were concerned.

Obasanjo made this remark in Abuja while delivering the keynote address at the public presentation of a book titled, ‘Reclaiming the Jewel of Africa,’ written by a former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, who also served as Minister of Finance, Olusegun Aganga.

The book was unveiled by President Bola Tinubu, through his Special Adviser on Monetary Policy, Olawale Edun.

The event witnessed a large turnout of past and current senior government officials, as former President Goodluck Jonathan and Obasanjo spoke virtually.

Pointing out that emphasis should be placed on leadership, Obasanjo said it was the crucial, critical, defining and decisive factor in determining the shape, form, direction, speed, content and trajectory of development for any human organisation, especially for a nation like Nigeria.

“If you ask most of our leaders why they want to be in the position they are craving for, you will weep for our nation over their level of emptiness as far as development issues are concerned.

“What do they understand for peace, security, stability, predictability, development, growth and progress to be actualised? I believe that peace, security, democracy and prosperity must be taken together.

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