- Says anti-graft institution corrupted.
- Reacts to the political setting of the country.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the emergence of the 9th National Assembly leadership, decrying the present government arrangement in Nigeria.
“The Senate President is from North-East, the acting chief justice of Nigeria is from the north-east, The President of the country is from the north-west. They are all from what we call the core north. How can you have that kind of arrangement and then be absolutely insensitive to it (lack of geographical diversity)?
This came as he said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is driving Nigeria towards “disaster and instability”.
Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES,M the former noted that although the country has made considerable progress since the new dispensation began in 1999, the pace at which it is currently moving shows the nation may be inching towards disaster and instability.
While stating that Nigeria has no choice but to be on the path for sustainable development, Obasanjo said the progress being made may be questionable.
” Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward and one step back or one step side-way?
“You can question that, but we have no choice but to be on (the) path for sustainable development. Any other thing will be a disaster. In fact, the pace at which we are going now is tending more and more toward disaster and instability and unsustainability.”
Speaking on the economy, the former leader said that Nigeria can’e be developed without confidence in its economy.
Both for domestic investors and foreign investors.”
Speaking on anti-corruption crusade, the former president said the anti-graft institutions have been corrupted.
“I set up two (anti-corruption) institutions, I came with two laws that were not there before, to fight corruption. And those who claim they are fighting corruption today have not brought in anything different. If anything, they have corrupted those two institutions.”