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“Politics in Nigeria has been dominated by people that have stolen money” – Obasanjo



"Politics in Nigeria has been dominated by people that have stolen money" - Obasanjo - BellaNaija

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described politics in the country as one dominated by people who have stolen money, ThisDay reports.

Obasanjo said this as part of a speech titled “Leadership in the African Context – How to Drive Transformational Change in African Countries” delivered at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

The event was organized by the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), of which Obasanjo is the Chairman, Panel of Advisors.

The former president, describing corruption in Africa, and how to rid the continent of it, said fighting it has to be an all-inclusive affair.

He gave Nigeria as an example, saying corruption is a hydra-headed monster, deeply entrenched in the system. He said:

The man on top must be above board and be seen to fight corruption. Those around him must also be upright and various institutions such as the police, judiciary, the executive and other bodies must make it an all-inclusive affair because it is an endless process.

He also lamented the amount of money needed in politics, saying something must be done about it.

He described the National Assembly in Nigeria as consisting of godfathers and “even drug barons,” and the youths will have to pull resources together to become politically active. He said:

Politics in Nigeria has been dominated by people that have stolen money, that have godfathers or even drug barons, the type we have now at the National Assembly. So youths should pool resources to become politically active in order to replace the present crop of leaders and provide better alternative.

The former president was after the event asked by ThisDay if he would be putting his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari for a reelection in Nigeria, and was said to have retorted that the time is not ripe to answer such a question.


  1. Maxi

    January 9, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Including you sir!
    Quit talking shit!

    • GYOnlineNG.COM

      January 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Wa Gbayi!!!!

    • Jade

      January 9, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      We the youth have to be more pragmatic and come with solution based actions. Not just insult them. Let’s show what they’ve done wrong for years and how it’s supposed to be
      I feel like we are not still as involved as much as we run our mouths.

    • wifematerial

      January 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm


  2. Aide wilson

    January 9, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Sharap yall mouth Sir.

  3. tosyn anthony

    January 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Like you abi

  4. Ezinne

    January 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Don’t you just love how Nigerians will insult you and still add “sir”

  5. wendy

    January 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I blame the people that give u the platform to speak…
    The sad part of it all is that he will win again if he decide to run for election….

  6. Oma

    January 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    lool you got jokes, look who’s talking

  7. Engoz

    January 9, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Politics in Nigeria is very attractive to thieves. Each lawmaker cost taxpayers $540,000 to maintain in 2017 (

    Premium time breaks up their gluttony here (

    If Obasanjo and other Nigerians are really serious about corruption, then use your voice to campaign to cut the cost of governance. Make politics unattractive to dim-witted thieves and murderers.

  8. nwa nna

    January 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Saint OBJ!! Hope you included yourself baba iyabo ?


    January 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The epitome of Nigeria corruption in Nigeria has finally confessed openly to stealing from Nigeria.. What an irony. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo please tell us ( Nierians ) what we don’t already know? There’s God ooooooooooo. A word is enough for wise. I’m just saying.

  10. Bee

    February 15, 2018 at 7:53 am

    All of you are corrupt Abeg; stop trying to point fingers as if you are a saint.
    I don’t even care again,Nigeria. If any youth that has value/integrity and it’s interested in that presidency seat/politics; Abeg we are solidly behind you I would even donate money for their campaign.

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