Nigeria hasn’t had the right leaders since after independence - Adebanjo

Nigeria hasn’t had the right leaders since after independence - Adebanjo

- Chief Ayo Adebanjo has lamented over the quality of leaders the country has had over the years

- The Afenifere chieftain insisted that Nigeria was only fortunate with governance from 1960 to 1963; the first three years after independence

- Adebanjo said the Army did a lot of havoc, and their intervention was not a blessing

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain, has lamented over the quality of leaders the country has had over the years.

Adebanjo expressed the sentiment during a Channels TV programme to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Anniversary.

Legit.ng gathers that the elder statesman blamed the quality of leaders for the myriads of challenges Nigeria has faced since 1960, and its inability to find solutions to them.

He said: “We are not where we should be because we have not been lucky to have the right people at the top.”

Adebanjo insisted that Nigeria was only fortunate with governance from 1960 to 1963; the first three years after independence.

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He said the Nigeria’s current situation is a thing of shame to those who struggled for the nation’s independence.

He said: “It has not been impressive. To those of us who fought for independence, it is a big disappointment. We are not where we should be.

“The people whom we have been unfortunate to have, have not had the direction of those who fought for independence mostly because the Army did a lot of havoc.

“Their intervention was not a blessing, and you see where we are today. The people who fought for independence did not get into office after independence.

“We were lucky at the beginning from 1960 to 1963, which was the best period for civilian government. Since the Army’s intervention in 1966, we have not been fortunate.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Chief Ayo Adebanjo warned that any treatment that would be meted out to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo must be in accordance with the constitution.

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Adebanjo was reacting to the rumours that the presidency is moving to reduce the powers of the vice president and subsequently sideline him.

He said that although the issue was “APC’s problem,” the vice president must not be ridiculed in the process.

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