Obasanjo craves good governance, visionary leadership in Nigeria, Africa
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has restated the need for good governance in Nigeria and the entire Africa, saying that is a sure path for peace, security, stability, national cohesion, development and progress.
The former President, spoke yesterday at the 2nd Memorial Lecture for the former General Leader and the District Chairman, Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church, Surulere District Headquarters (Ayo Ni O), Special Apostle Prophet Gabriel Olubunmi Fakeye.
Obasanjo, who was the Guest Speaker, explained that the need for visionary leaders in Nigeria and Africa revolves around ability to communicate a vision, and the strategies to achieving the vision.
Obasanjo stressed that the problems in Africa could be traced to the fact that many of its leaders cultivate the habit of siphoning money into their own private bank accounts in Europe and elsewhere outside Africa.
He added that that remains a problem that requires the help of Europe and other friends of Africa to solve, pointing out that Africa has serious problems to tackle, including rampant poverty, poor healthcare and education, lack of infrastructure and poorly developed dependent economies.
Obasanjo said: “The agricultural sector could be the jewel in Africa’s crown, but until now, it has been largely ignored and as a result, the continent cannot feed itself, let alone contributing to feeding the rest of the world.
“Also, Africans need to start trading more with the rest of the world and crucially, with one another as just 12 percent of Africa’s trade is between African countries, compared to a figure of 70 percent with Europe.