Obasanjo hits NASS, says Nigerian politics dominated by thieves, drug barons

Dr. Obasanjo

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday claimed that the political landscape in Nigeria has been taken over by those who stole money and drug barons, the type he said are now in the National Assembly, NASS.

Speaking after delivering a speech on ‘Leadership in the African Context – How to Drive Transformational Change in African Countries,’ at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, he enjoined youths to be actively involved in politics so as to bring about good governance in Africa and particularly Nigeria

The former president expressed regret that the amount of money required in politics was obscene, stressing that something must be done about it.

His words, “Politics in Nigeria has been dominated by people that have stolen money, that have godfathers or even drug barons, the type we have now at the National Assembly. So youths should pool resources to become politically active in order to replace the present crop of leaders and provide better alternatives”.

Obasanjo went on to accuse his successor, late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua of dismantling some of the structures he had put in place to check and curtail corruption, such as the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC,
Mr. Nuhu Ribadu.

He stated that Yar’Adua had allowed former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori, to push for the replacement of Ribadu whom Obasanjo claimed was poisoned but eventually survived it.

The ex-president described corruption as a hydra-headed monster, which was deeply entrenched in the system, adding that fighting corruption was not a one-day affair but something that must be fought continuously.

“The man (leader) on top must be above board and be seen to fight corruption. Those around him must also be upright and various institutions such as the police, judiciary, the executive and other bodies must make it an all-inclusive affair because it is an endless process,” he said.

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