Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
HighlightTrending Story

I’m incensed by ongoing ‘Igbophobia’ in Nigeria, Obasanjo asks Nigeria and Nigerians to retrace their steps

228

Peeved by ethnic profiling in the country for cheap and selfish political gains, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has strongly condemned what he called the “persistent” aversion to people of Southeast extraction which he brands as “Igbophobia”.

Obasanjo, who is incensed by the ongoing phobia for Igbo on the political scene, asked, “How did we get here?”

Persecondnews reports that Obasanjo spoke in Akwa, Anambra State capital, at an event to commemorate Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s one year in office chaired by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu.

Recalling with nostalgia, Obasanjo recalled that he appointed and worked with Soludo, the Professor of Economics and the current Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala while he served as President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007.

Soludo served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), while Okonjo-Iweala was the Minister of Finance.

The former president recalled that Soludo, who worked closely with him as an Economic Adviser, “never misadvised me”, and the economist’s performance impressed him so much so that he was asked to lead the apex bank.

According to the 85-year-old statesman, Soludo was the second Nigerian CBN governor who was not a commercial banker.

Obasanjo said soon after appointing the academic as CBN governor he found himself in an encounter with a dissenting voice.

“Somebody came to me and said, ‘Wow! You have ruined the economy of Nigeria.’ I said, ‘How?’ He said, ‘An Igbo woman, Minister of Finance; an Igbo man, Governor of the Central Bank? Then you have clearly completed the task of ruining the economy of Nigeria.’

“I don’t know why he said that, except for what I can call Igbophobia, and I don’t take that lightly. It remains, it persists.

“But when you have that type of thing that was said to me and the type of thing that you know is going on, as I have just called it, what do we do with it?

“I believe we have to go back to the scripture, which says we must conquer evil with good. And whoever you are, wherever people are afraid of you, you must make yourself friendly to those who are afraid of you and earn their friendship by being good to them, and that is what we have to do,” Obasanjo said.

He said from his personal experience, nothing wins friendship like one being friendly.

“The appointments of Okonjo-Iweala and Soludo were probably the best of the appointments that I made when I was president,” Obasanjo said.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

AKK Gas Pipeline Project Will Transform Northern Nigeria’s Economic, Industrial Landscape – FG

The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, Nigeria’s biggest domestic gas pipeline project...

Military intensifies search for terrorists amid jihadists’ infiltration

The Defence Headquarters announced on Friday that it has intensified its intelligence-gathering...

Police defy Kano Governor’s orders, refuse to evict deposed Emir Ado Bayero

Kano State Police Commissioner Usaini Gumel has explained why the police were...

Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves up by 5 percent to $33.58bln

Nigeria’s foreign exchange (FX) reserves have increased by five percent in the...

Lionel Messi becomes the most-capped player in Copa America history

Argentina star Lionel Messi became the most-capped player in Copa America history...

Ex-Pres. Obasanjo, Ogun Gov. Abiodun, NIPR mourn veteran journalist, NIPR pro, Oba Ogunleye

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ogun Gov. Dapo Abiodun and the Nigerian Institute...

Ado-Bayero’s palace to be demolished, says Kano Govt.

The Kano State Government has announced plans to demolish and renovate the...

Nigeria’s debt stock surges by 24.99 percent to N121.67trn in March 2024 – DMO

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has disclosed that Nigeria’s total public debt...

Protest erupts in Kaduna over El-Rufai’s N423bn indictment

Demonstrators on Thursday converged on the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna,...

Appeal Court reserves ruling on Rivers State House of Assembly leadership tussle

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has reserved judgment...

Rivers electoral commission begins preparations for LG elections

The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) has initiated the process for...

Presidential aides blast Aisha Yesufu over alleged Ramaphosa’s snubbing of Tinubu in S/Africa

Aisha Yesufu’s recent tweet criticizing President Bola Tinubu for being snubbed in...

Mental Health Care Awareness in Nigeria

by Shine Alagba Nigerians face mental stress due to economic challenges like...

Abuja Court rejects Abba Kyari’s latest bail application

Abba Kyari, the detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, renewed his request for...

FG plans ambitious $100bln expansion fund to enhance Nigeria’s cultural heritage

The Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Mrs. Hannatu Musa-Musawa, has...

Saraki, AbdulRazaq spat over Ilorin Durbar 

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said he deliberately avoided the Ilorin...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa sworn in for second term as president

“Ramaphosa is expected to announce his cabinet in the coming days as...

Breaking: After Rivers lawmakers’ screening, Gov. Fubara inaugurates 23 LGAs caretaker chairmen

Rivers Gov. Siminalayi Fubara inaugurated the caretaker chairpersons for the state’s 23...

Breaking: Rivers Gov. Fubara appoints caretaker chairmen for 23 LGAs

The nomination came amid a renewed political crisis in the state, with...

Emirate crisis: Gumel promises neutrality, commitment to peace, stability in Kano State

Kano State Police Commissioner Ussain Gumel has refuted claims that his officers...