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‘Leadership is a matter of individual quality, not age’


Olusegun Obasanjo

During his 80th birthday in March this year, former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, when asked in an interview with The Guardian what he has to say about the recycling of the same leaders in Nigeria, he said: “And the ones that you haven’t recycled, what have they done?

Tell me, what have the ones you haven’t recycled done? Were James Ibori, Deprieye Alamieyeseigha and Ayo Fayose not given the opportunity? So, what the hell are you talking about? Come off it. You see that is the type of thing I find absolutely unacceptable.

“What more opportunity do you want? In my own cabinet, I had four ministers aged 30. Fortunately, they performed well, but what do you mean by that they were not given opportunity? You see, that is where you miss the road.

If that is your way of thinking, then you are wrong. Leadership is not a matter of age; rather, it is a matter of the quality of the individual.”

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