A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and 2019 Presidential Candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has stated that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is Nigeria’s best President since 1999, despite all his flaws, .
He added that Obasanjo was successful as President, because “he was focused on Nigeria as his Constituency, not his ethnic group”.
He said this in a statement on the social media, a few days after the former President and Elder Statesman marked his 84th birthday.
His exact words: “OBJ, faults and all, is our best President since 1999. One key reason for his success is that he was focused on Nigeria as his Constituency, not his ethnic group. All his career was Federal/International – nation-building, national security, economy, foreign affairs.
“So, he thought like a President of Nigeria, not a provincial Politician. Nigeria is a unique place. In advanced democracies, it is often the case that Politicians start local and move upward. Because they have a real nation with a unity of purpose and destiny.
“Here, the Presidency requires transcendence of mind and action, in order to provide the kind of leadership we need. Strong experience in Federal and International Institutions, provides that necessary perspective for effective leadership of a country like ours.”
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