Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, the first child of the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that among all the presidents Nigeria has had, her father was the best.
The 49-year-old made this assertion during an interview with the News’ Chief Editor of Dawn-To-Dusk where she talked about her success story, her parents’ influence, and governance in Nigeria. Talking about Nigerian leadership, she voted in favour of people who are of the view that her father was the best leader the country ever had.
According to Iyabo Obasanjo,
“Given the history of Nigeria, for even Africa in general, my father is exceptional. I think he is the best.
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. There is no doubt about that because we have really had bad leadership. A few of our presidents shouldn’t have been made to even run a nursery school let alone a country. So, we have had that problem.
“I have mentioned already, my father is not greedy or selfish. I agree my father is the best because he was the only one trying to solve problems. He couldn’t solve every one of them but he is the only leader apart from maybe the ones in the early 1960’s. What messed up his leadership was his ego. You can understand the ego if you are that smart in a country that has some leaders who are morons.
“I have heard people say, ‘God loves Nigeria’. God does not love a country and give you such kind of leadership.
“There is something seriously wrong because you have to question the kind of people that you get into leadership. I would agree that my father is the best leader the country has had and things would have been better if his ego did not get in the way.
“If my father had been born in a country that works like the USA, he would not be in leadership, maybe he would have been a university professor.”
Commenting on the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari she described him as a good and disciplined and focused man, adding “I think he surpasses my father in discipline”. She, however, stated that “what President Buhari doesn’t have is the intellect”.
Speaking further, Iyabo Obasanjo clearly stated that if Nigeria must change, two things will change – “First, sack the whole police… Then get the international community to send you people to start a hiring process to hire policemen/women…; The second thing is the electoral process…”