Thursday, January 16, 2014

Obasanjo raised corruption in Nigeria by imposing a sick man as president – Pastor Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare

Convener of Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Wednesday said former President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration raised the bar of corruption in the country, notwithstanding the ex-president's "supposed achievements" in office.

Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly stated this while speaking in Lagos as the guest lecturer at the 10th Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture/ Symposium, organised by the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.

The event, with the theme, 'Nigeria at centenary: A nation still in bondage?' was chaired by former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (retd.).

In his lecture, Bakare said Obasanjo raised the bar of corruption to an unimaginable level.

He said, "Media was censored, outspoken critics were targeted and judicial decisions were subjected to executive interpretations. Meanwhile, Obasanjo himself raised the mountain of corruption to an unimaginable level.

"As apathy set in among the electorate, General Obasanjo, indignant that he could not foist third term agenda on Nigeria, imposed sick president on the nation through a fraudulent election, I beg your pardon, selection, overseen by Prof. Maurice Iwu."

He said Obasanjo's supposed achievement in office had no significant impact on the people's lives.

The Congress for Progressive Change presidential running mate in the 2011 election said, "The atmosphere of abundance provided the breeding ground for personal aggrandisement as politicians, from the Presidency to the state and local governments, helped themselves to the nation's resources.

"Then, complacency set in as General Obasanjo, satisfied with his supposed achievements, which however did not reflect significantly in the living condition of the average Nigerian, sought to perpetuate himself in power and so unleashed the machinery of state against perceived enemies among the political class."

Bakare suggested as a way forward that the Federal Government's proposed national conference must be made to a people-driven constitutional conference where the defects in the nation's federal structure could be corrected in a new constitution that truly belonged to the people.

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