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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo: “Nigerians are Jinxed & Cursed, We Should all go to Hell”

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He said WHAT? Wait, don’t take it literally.

Yesterday Tuesday 13th August 2013, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (1999 – 2007) was present at the 4th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit, organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan in collaboration with the African Sustainable Development Network.

The 76 year old ex head of states made some startling statements, Premium Times reports. He said if Nigerians were yet to commend a leader after 53 years of independence, “Then we are jinxed and cursed; we should all go to hell.”

He also condemned the younger generation of leaders in the country, saying they lack integrity and probity and have failed their people woefully.

Premium Times also states that he made specific reference to his Vice President for eight years Atiku Abubakar, former governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu, former Speaker House of Representatives Salisu Buhari, former Bayelsa State Governor Deprieye Alamieyeseigha and others as younger generation of leaders, the former President said Nigeria was not lucky even with them.

He said;

“We had some people who were under 50 years in leadership positions. One of them was James Ibori, where is he today? One of them was Alamieyeseigha, where is he today? Lucky Igbinedion, where is he today?

The youngest was the Speaker (Salisu) Buhari; you can still recall what happened to him. You said Bola Tinubu is your master. What Buhari did was not anything worse than what Bola Tinubu did.

We got them impeached. But in this part of the world some people covered up the other man. The man claimed he went to Government College, Ibadan but the governor (Oyo State) went to Government College and packed all the documents so that they would not know that he did not go there.

I wanted someone who would succeed me so I took Atiku. Within a year, I started seeing the type of man Atiku is. And you want me to get him there?

I once went to Tanzania because Julius Nyerere recognised Biafra. He told me not to mind his aides and others in government. They would say they have one house in town but their five year old sons and daughters would have houses all over.

Some of you who are condemning the leadership would get there tomorrow and it will be a different story. Only very few are actually good.

Abacha, my predecessor got $750 Million. Through our lawyer in Switzerland we recovered $1.25 Billion and the lawyer still said there is probably still another $1 Billion to be recovered. [Premium Times states the figures didn’t add up but that was what the former president said]

In 1979 we had 20 new ships specially built for Nigeria. When I came back 20 years after, the national shipping line had liquidated.

The whole thing is not just about leadership. If we talk about good leadership you should also talk about good followers. If you talk about human right you should also talk about human duties and obligations.

It is sad that after 53 years of independence we have no leader that we can commend. The problem in Africa is that when one person takes over he would not see any good thing that his predecessor did. Let us condemn but with caution.”

Does he have a point? Let us know!

58 Comments

  1. NAIJA 4 LIFE

    August 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    FIRST TO COMMENT!
    I PITY YOU OBJ, BELLA NAIJARIANS WILL FINISH YOU TODAY.

    • ami

      August 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      After reading a couple of comments I feel like I have to translate what he means into layman terms. 1st the headline is misleading, and you would not understand the comment if you do not read the whole sentence or whole interview. What he is saying is if we as a people are saying none of the leaders we have had are good or did anything thing good (remember we have had a couple of leaders at different levels of authority and not like some other countries who have had one for 30+yrs). Then it must be that the nation is jinxed or cursed. Note he has not out-rightly said that we do not have some good leaders we just have a lot of bad ones and the followership is just as bad. Have in mind that today’s follower will become tomorrow’s leaders. One of the important comments he made which people have decided to ignore almost totally is continuation of projects. Fine we have been unlucky with leaders who loot states funds blah blah blah (which I highly condemn), most of these people did start projects which if finished by the next administration and built on would have moved us beyond our present condition, instead we condemn and don’t look to build on what is already on ground but start new projects from scratch, wasting previously spent funds and starting again from scratch. Now imagine that we have been going through this same cycle for 50yrs…..making the same mistakes, bad maintenance culture and all. Mehn we get wahala. I rest my case. (sorry if there are any grammatical errors)

    • slice

      August 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      lol people understand what he’s saying. they are just saying he shouldn’t have mouth to talk because he’s part of the problem.

  2. FJD

    August 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    But , I respect and support Baba Obasanjo and I can stand by it anyday. He knows what he is saying.Saying that though, I live under the grace of GOD (JESUS CHRIST) and I don’t plan evil against anyone and I LOOK FOR PEOPLE’S PROGRESS . So, on that note, I don’t think I should go to hell and my family members Biko. I feel his anger with greedy people. I just like him , well I will say on this earth oh I think I have gained a lot from him.

    • NAIJA 4 LIFE

      August 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      LOL, like he did not steal any money.

  3. Blackpearl

    August 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Wise words!

  4. Just saying...

    August 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    It’s sad
    I so agree with him on the pot(followers) calling kettle(leader) black.
    Are we better off?
    Will l be different from the person l met there(in office)?
    Let him who has no sin cast the first stone jare….

  5. NAIJA 4 LIFE

    August 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    FIRST TO COMMENT!
    I PITY YOU OBJ, BELLA NAIJARIANS WILL FINISH YOU TODAY. OK THANK GOD WE HAVE THESE SAME ARTICLES ON THE SAME DAY. ONE HEAD OF STATE 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS, WHAT IS 95 BILLION NAIRA TO A STAGGERING 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS, STOLEN BY ONE PERSON ALONE?
    AND OKONJO WHATEVER SHE IS CALLED IS SAYING THAT 95 BILLION NAIRA IS WHAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY LECTURERS- BECAUSE THE MONEY IS FOR HUNGRY LECTURERS IN THEIR STUPID MINDS. GOD HELPS US ALL
    AS FOR WHAT YOU SAID OBJ, U GO TO HELL AND BURN AND BURN AND BURN. EWU!

    • sh

      August 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      i wonder!!

  6. Hurperyermie

    August 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    baba is very wise he dropped the reins of this country when he wasnt suppose to but we all understand (NOBODY DOES IT BETTER) but his regime was better compared to some people’s regime and his kind of no nonsense leadership is what this country needs but baba as for me and all my loved one we won’t miss heaven o abeg

  7. Toya

    August 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Before you condemn him, read it again. the man actually makes sense + truth be told his regime was way better. n I agree with him on the ”If we talk about good leadership you should also talk about good followers” part. his right.

  8. Concerned_Boyfriend

    August 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    He was spot on but let’s not forget that he contributed to the mess we’re in as nation.

  9. Olaniyi

    August 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Well, truth be told, Baba does not speak from a high chair, he already knows what is going on and will may even go on, at least he’s not asking to come back as president, how about buhari at what age? as young leaders we need to forget these so called leaders and be leaders on our own, that way each person realizes he has a duty to depend on himself and not on another man.

  10. Coinaire.com

    August 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    We just need to forget all this and begin helping ourselves.

  11. Mz Socially Awkward...

    August 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    “He also condemned the younger generation of leaders in the country, saying they lack integrity and probity and have failed their people woefully.” – they’ve only followed after the pathetic example set by your own generation of leaders, sir.

    • Me

      August 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      gbam!

    • Naveah

      August 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Make God just bless your life for this comment!

  12. Pb fabulous

    August 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Thank God someone is saying sumthing reasonable, belive me this country is cursed, hw can we kill sum1 for stealing phne and laptop nt up to 50,000 and when a politician steals our money up to 20 billion, we wil keep quite and let him go like mumu

  13. Funmi

    August 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Awon Mr Ajala tan naaaaaaaa

  14. jinkelele

    August 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    he actually made a lot of sense, if we say that his generation failed us the generation after him too have failed.

  15. marian

    August 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    here is kettle calling pot black….

  16. Pb fabulous

    August 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    And also Baba we all knw you too stole our money when u were in office, bt we stil love u sha

  17. Concerned

    August 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Its so sad that Nigeria is one place a corrupt leader has the guts to abuse and disrespect the citizens to the extent of telling them to their faces how stupid they are after stealing in the glare of an entire nation . This man called OBJ is shameless. This same old fooooooool wanted to perpetuate himself in power but his ambition was checked by a few young politicians who stood their ground. This same mumu has gone around proclaiming democracy and talking down on other African leaders and advising on the need for world leaders to respect democracy and the will of the people, while all he did during administration was disrespect Nigerians and democracy. This same OBJ connived with an illiterate trader/inlaw (Chris Uba) and the police to kidnap and wrestle power out of a democratically elected governor in Anambra state (Governor Ngige) against the will of the people. We thank God his ambition to lord over Nigerians for life didn’t work. His utterances also reflect his very myopic and daft perception of young people in Nigeria. Its sad that OBJ’s yardsticks for measuring young people are the likes of Ibori, Tinubu and Alamesigha which is a huge insult. What a shameless man!!! What happened to the likes of Fashola, Okonjo Iweala, what happened to the majority of young people in Nigeria people who go about their businesses unnoticed? What about young people in diaspora who continue to excel but due to insecurity caused by the people OBJ knows and lack of enabling environment would rather have peace of mind else where? This fool called OBJ should not insult a generation of young people in Nigeria who he and his cronies owe serious apology for the monumental fraud they have committed on their future existence.

    • jcsgrl

      August 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      I was about to spew fire on all these commenters going about praising a maniac and power hungry buffoon as OBJ until I read your comments. No need rehearing your sentiments. I agree with you 100%.
      As for the rest…really really smh

  18. dp

    August 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    @CONCERNED SO ON POINT

  19. yes ke

    August 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    HE JUST SAID THE TRUTH, WE SHOULD STOP BURYING OUR HEADS IN THE SAND THAT ALL IS WELL IN NIGERIA.

  20. Luqman

    August 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    So OBJ could be making a reference to some people by calling their names while he was part of the problem facing us today. When OBJ was using oil money to promote FESTAC 77 without envisaging what the future might look like then. God still gave you second term to correct all your shortcomings in your military regime but it was really shameful that OBJ was the one that introduced Jumbo pay for our Legislatures up till now, i could remember that Councillors were paying #10,000 during Abacha’s regime but when OBJ was elected as a President, he inflated everything, that is why everyone of them takes politics as do or die now without considering the interest of masses.

    #AdagbajeRaufu!!!!!

  21. nawa o

    August 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    How anybody can support this mans ramblings when he is/was part of the problem baffles me…

  22. Solomon annas

    August 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    See una mouth *smelly*….. baba will burn in hell, bla bla bla talk.

    BN you see the problem with Nigerians is that they don’t like to read and understand. If you miss why baba made that comment read the article again… Well of course I know you are lazy so let me help you highlights some point from the article *you still need to read it again though*

    1. Baba said ” It is sad that after 53 years of
    independence we have no leader that we
    can commend” (including himself)

    2. ” He said if Nigerians were yet to commend a
    leader after 53 years of independence, “Then
    we are jinxed and cursed; we should all go
    to hell.” (if we go ahead commending, applauding to good governance, then we are jinx and bla bla bla)
    Baba only said the truth.

    Now before you rant your replies at me, read my comment again and ask yourself” am I commending GEJ? (for example)” if yes! You Go to hell, if No! You are safe.

    As basket mouth puts it…. 2 things are involved.

  23. DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

    August 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    OBJ AND HIS COHORTS ARE CURSED AND ARE PART OF THE REASON NIGERIA IS IN THE STATE SHE’S IN.
    He has some nerve after robbing the country blind and paving the way for others after him to do the same. It’s the atrocities they committed right from the military era that laid the foundation for the mess our country is in. So he needs to go and sit his thieving, hypocritical , senile behind down.

  24. DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

    August 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    It’s easy to chuck corruption and bad governance to ‘curses’ and ‘jinxes’ instead of getting down to brass tacks and looking for viable solutions. Oh but that would way too much work for our lazy politicians with their misplaced sense of entitlement for doing nothing. It’d be too much to ask to stop burying our hand in the sand and work our way out of the mess we’re in. Blaming ‘curses’ is so much easier, that way OBJ and his likes can exonerate themselves from all blame.

  25. Lentini

    August 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Love him or hate him, Obasanjo remains the best president we’ve had in Nigeria till date. What ever we as Nigerians are “enjoying” or claim as progress in any form came from him and his vision. We had the best minds in his government during his time. No doubt that he stole/took money, he also recovered a lot of money that was stolen and made it public. Under him governors were arrested and jailed (something seen as an abomination in the past.).
    Obasanjo help to “win/end” the Biafra war, when he was first president, he handed over to a civilian government, when he came back as a civilian president, he also transitioned to another civilian government which is the first time ever we have been stable over 10yrs in civilian rule. While we (Nigerians) are so critical of everything a man or woman has done, maybe we should try by looking at what they did right before we criticize them.
    We are not close to being a stable country but our journey has to begin with one person. Obasanjo has started it in my opinion

    • Hidi

      August 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      #GBAM

    • Msunderstood

      August 14, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      True, he’s bad too but definitely better than all d others.

    • DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

      August 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      typical nigerian mentality! always celebrating mediocrity. just because you feel he is the best president naija has ever had ( this is highly debatable) , doesnt make him a good president. OBJ was and still is a huge part of naija’s problem!

    • OmoMakun

      August 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Despite what he did, he was and is still part of the problem. For goodness sake he tried to get a third term….who does that…did he think he was Mugabe????. But anyways, he too stole money. I like and dislike the man at the same time….

    • Changing Faces

      August 15, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Best minds like Femi Fani Kayode… Really? Obj really is in no position to perch on top any moral high horse until he reveals how much he stole! How many of his children and inlaws are in top positions now due to his influence? And what of his failed third term bid? He’s a very vindictive man so he’s bashing his fellow thieves for making him politically irrelevant!

  26. J

    August 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Obasenjo you are cursed and i pray the devil reserves the hottest part of hell for you and any other president. Besides Abacha and Idiagbon those two would make heaven wish Abacha could even kill you self.

    • tatafo!

      August 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      AMEN x1 million

  27. Adaoma Obi

    August 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Who is this foolish man educating?.. We all know you are all dirty Criminals.. Why the confession now, WHAT IS YOUR ANGLE??? We know he is up to something else.. What about all the money he stole himself??? Ole monkey… The only person I can vouch for is Babatunde Fashola… Thank God for him..

    • Smiley

      August 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Keep vouching for Fashola while he keeps tolling all Lagos roads and taxing businesses into the ground. You are vouching that he has not stolen, you must be very naive…

  28. Deedee

    August 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    See local!! OBJ has the effrontery to yarn rubbish, calling us jinxed and cursed, he should first apologize to Nigerian masses for the mess they find themselves in today…Oshi,carrying on as if he’s a saint, we got ya number Baba……

  29. anonymous babe

    August 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    During his tenure he made things worse for Nigerians especially Ibos that depend on importation.How can you ban goods that your country does not produce?And then those same goods are now brought in as contraband with customs charging hefty clearing duty on them making the prices go up in the market thereby affecting Nigerians?How has the economy improved since these goods where banned?Has Nigeria started producing all the stuff banned?Has government been able to provide an enabling environment for business to thrive and for the banned goods eg Fabrics including Hi target,packet shirts,shoes even okrika to be made in Nigeria? I swear these policy makers don’t think most of these policies through before making them.

  30. DIPO

    August 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    BABA HAS SPOKEN,the truth is bitter

  31. janetheo ofoegbu

    August 15, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Baba is wise&intelligent respect him a lot he has spoken well.when a finger is accusing a person the rest 4 bonce back on you.

  32. vickky

    August 15, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I certainly dont have any love for OBJ but he has certainly raised some salient points and home truths. Let us not kill the messenger but focus on the message.

  33. NNENNE

    August 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

    No comments!

  34. andy egbe

    August 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

    What a revelation!!!, this is food for thought for the younger generation of leaders, a word is enough for the wise

  35. andy egbe

    August 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

    What a revelation!!!, this is food for thought for the younger generation of leaders in nigeria. A word is enough for the Wise

  36. Amaka

    August 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

    The truth is always bitter!

  37. NNENNE

    August 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    @Andy Egbe… Examples matter. The life we live today determines how our younger ones will behave. OBJ and our past leaders have questions to answer. Until they do that our future leaders will keep thinking that they can get away with anything.Please do not call Fela a fool!
    Listen to ITT by Fela.

  38. abike

    August 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    This man is just an irritant @75 abi 80 y0u still talking trash. sir, you need to repent from your bad bad ways and get the right life quick, not tryna judge but which one is “Nigerians are Jinxed & Cursed, We Should all go to Hell” You can go on a hell cruise with your familee #kmt

  39. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    August 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    First of, as much as we can all come here to vent anonymously, it is not an excuse to be rude. If you cant say it to his face, don’t say it at all.

    That said, I make bold to say, that I have the greatest respect for this man, OBJ and that he is one great President, both as a Head of State and Civilian President, that Nigeria has ever had. Don’t just read excerpts. Read contents. Don’t sit behind your gadgets and opine popular thoughts on this post. Look at history. Delve into Nigeria’s story and know things properly. I know seeing things through the eyes of the average Nigerian youth, makes things look all the same. But read up. OBJ still gets invite from all over the world, especially reputable Universities, to give talks. Do you think they would want to align themselves with a myopic has been when there are current even if temporary powers to choose from? Which other African president apart from Madiba has that honor?

  40. nene

    August 16, 2013 at 12:50 am

    this guy will be SATAN in hell if we should all go there. what an ass. go to hell and rot there. what have u and your OLD friends done? sure, you helped settle our bills, but at what cost? obasanjo is like slow poison, he is our best president on paper, but behind closed doors/off the record, this guy is one of the worst people ever to rule nigeria.

  41. Dammy

    August 16, 2013 at 2:30 am

    And the summary of it all is: Nigeria has a big problem and the culprits are the leaders and the followers. From the political leader that installs his family member as the iyaloja as if we run a monarchical government, to the trader who sells fake goods and inflates the price, to the citizen that fails to stop when he can clearly see a red light, to the man on that street who will not pay PHCN bills but will go and tap electricity from the next street. Frankly speaking , many of us contribute to Nigeria’s problems, we just fail to admit it. So, rather than sit behind your computer insulting our leaders, start the change; obey laws, don’t try to cut corners, stop soliciting , accepting or giving bribes and most importantly, eradicate your political and tribalistic ties. Many of these political parties (e.g. *coughs*) don’t have the nation’s best interest at heart, stop believing their lies, they’re only interested in competition not progress. So in 2015, ditch the old hags and bring in new faces with new ideas. *nuff said*

  42. CHIKE

    September 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    it is very sad and dihearting that baba himself will be talking about this generation as if we are the cause of what the country is going through.i have no apology to what am about to tell the old fool his generation have laed a curse on nigeria, which the younger generation are tring to ameliorate through prayer and hard work now.BABA you should hide your head in shame.why did you not mention your daughters name is she not part of the corrupt leaders that you put in power.I am one of those that admire you from afar althouh have not hard any close contact with you, of the truth am highly disappointed in your statement where not in power when Igbinedion the father of lucky the former governor of EDO state said if a child fail a class that the teacher most allow such child to repeat the class, was thier any performance to measure up with what he did in edo state.Baba you get luck say no ARAB country you dey. SAdam will be better off than you in grave.i now believe that age is telling on you.

  43. JUST PRAY!NO TIME IN LIONS DEN

    September 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hello hello, some people talk like they where born yesterday or are they strangers in this country? anyways before i post my own opinion i would place your minds on this fact, before you crown anybody you need the people and some well respected elders to achieve that. Now starting from OBJ’s saga when he was released from jail or let’s say before he was released there where law makers at that time who made sure OBJ’s release was possible. Meaning there has to be a kind of a secret agreement between him and those law makers before the release was made, at the long run the agreement was discarded just because baba OBJ discovered there are vultures among them who will waste no time to attack who ever opposes them. That’s something baba will not want to discourse in public. So today we are facing a very large numbers of those selfish law makers. So who ever becomes president of this grate nation has to come through them. So i still agree with baba we have no leader until those power hungry vultures leave power for the young and smart generation, then we will have peace. GOD bless nigeria, i arrest my case. Sorry if there is any dramatical error…

  44. Osuntuyi Segun

    October 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

    All we need in this country is prayer, no1 knws the right man, every1 is preaching as they are saints Not until they get there. May God help us !

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