Nigerians need visionary, courageous, brilliant President to tackle corruption, banditry – Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advocated that Nigerians need a visionary, courageous and brilliant president who can boldly tackle corruption and banditry.

Dr. Obasanjo, hosting delegates of National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, (NIPSS), Senior Executive 44, group 7, on courtesy visit, while they were on a study tour to Ogun State, emphasized that a passionate and visionary leader that can steer the boat of the country to the promised land, who is devoid of greed, non-challant and unpatriotic elements, is what Nigeria needs at the moment.

Participants in the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, (NIPSS), Senior Executive 44, group 7 were on study tour ‘on the way out to Nigerian problem and how to strengthen local governance’.

Dr. Obasanjo maintained that Nigerians should look out and seek for good presidential candidate, who has a good intention for Nigerian masses.

The former President remarked that “Indeed, Nigeria is secular state, which is very difficult to govern but with courageous and visionary leader, we will take the bull by the horns in tackling our problem.

“When you are able to do ordinary things that others are not able to do, then, you will do extraordinary person,” Obasanjo stated.

He acknowledged that Nigeria is created by God and to be a leading country, especially in African continent, saying, but collectively, everyone needs to make it happen through focus, determination, commitment, and visionary leaders.

Dr. Obasanjo expressed that the local government is the closest tier of government to the people, which must have all the paraphernalia of good governance in its legislation, function, resources to fund itself and also means of providing security, provision of basic services to the people, as these would guarantee the reform of the local government system.

Obasanjo stated that NIPSS is an avenue for acquiring education, teaching, and learning, adding that participants should be given more years to impart their wealth of experience before they are retired.

The Director General of NIPSS, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, leader of the participants on the visit, noted that meeting with the former president is a rear privilege. He, therefore, urged the participants not to only tap but fetch buckets from his wealth of experience.