The blame game which has been seen since the inception of the present administration in Nigeria has continued to go on unabated. Speaking on Monday, September 19, in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, at the 20th memorial service of the first female industrialist in Nigeria and third Iyalode of Egbaland, late Chief (Mrs.) Esther Bisoye Tejuoso, President Muhammadu Buhari, once again accused former leaders of Nigeria of being responsible for the nation’s present woes saying, they lacked ‘foresight, uprightness and managerial skills.”
The President said this during the memorial Service and Symposium held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta. The event was put together by the Tejuoso Royal Family in conjunction with Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
Buhari, who was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, urged Nigerians to be devoted to the “unity, security and progress” of the country, adding that the long-lasting and honest legacies of the nation’s past heroes should serve as an inspiration to the rest of the living to be committed to progress of Nigeria and salvage her from the current economic recession.
While describing the late Chief Mrs. Bisoye Tejuoso as a “mentor and shinning light” to many, he pointed out that Nigeria’s former leaders had possessed the kind of “foresight, uprightness and managerial skills” of the late female industrialist, Nigeria probably would not be suffering the current economic trauma.
President Buhari noted:
“If our leaders had demonstrated the foresight, uprightness and managerial skills of Chief Bisoye Tejuoso our economy would have been better. Our past leaders refused to save and diversify the economy. Chief Bisoye Tejuoso’s success story in business can serve as a roadmap on how we can come out of recession.
“She rewarded excellence and merit. She was a true heroine and a woman of courage. Her life should propel us to dedicate our lives more to the unity, progress and security of our country.”
Chief (Mrs.) Esther Bisoye Tejuoso, mother of a prominent Egba traditional ruler, Oba(Dr) Adedapo Tejuoso, was reportedly assassinated by 10 gunmen in her Lagos home on the 19th of September, 1996 and until now, the Nigerian Police have not been able to “resolve” the puzzle behind the murder.