Obasanjo sets bad examples for younger Nigerians – Sowunmi

By Post Nigeria December 29, 2014 21:34

Obasanjo sets bad examples for younger Nigerians – Sowunmi

Former DG, Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organisation, and member Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun state, Segun Sowunmi, on Monday commented on the rise in number of visits made to former political leaders by current ones, noting that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was setting bad examples by bickering with Jonathan.

He, in an interview on Channels’ Sunrise Daily, stated that a country like Nigeria has the privilege to have many past leaders alive, and as repertoire of knowledge and experience, the current president can learn from their experience and garner advice from them.

He also acknowledged that the visits were also to receive endorsements, and feedback to know if they’re are doing a good job or if there were other means of tackling certain challenges.

Sowunmi explained that President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to Gen. Ibrahim Babangida was very much in order, especially against the backdrop of the yuletide season and IBB’s past health challenges.

He discredited the views that the visit was because Olusegun Obasanjo ‘seems to have turned his back on’ Jonathan.

He reiterated that Obasanjo had not done Jonathan well by attacking him especially as according to Wole Soyinka, Obasanjo has had the grace to sit in Jonathan’s office as both a military and civilian leader.

According to Sowunmi, the former president was setting bad examples for them all, as it was not proper to see Presidents bicker.

He agreed that criticisms were alright, but with the caliber of Obasanjo’s office, there were proper channels he could have gone through; and as a man with such influence, there is a standard of behavior, a tone of language and restraint to show, as his words could have negative impact in the country.

The former DG said Obasanjo was one to talk, while it was he who left Nigeria with many of the problems the current administration has to deal with. And that his advice and criticisms could have been channeled in a manner that wouldn’t lead to the society imploding.

He noted that no leader is more ‘past leader’ than the other, even if you had been there thrice, and rhetorically asked why other past leaders weren’t all talking as Obasanjo is.

He agreed that past leaders still had their relevance but couldn’t be reduced to micromanaging the current leader.