- Former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, admits to some mistakes while he was in office
- Ajimobi discloses the lesson he learned is that one does not need to be perfect in an imperfect society
- The former governor says he failed to ignore some things which he should have looked away from
Months after leaving office, immediate past governor of Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi, has admitted to learning some very strong lessons within the eight years he governed the state.
Ajimobi, who left governorship position on May 29, after two terms in office, said the greatest lesson he took away from the office is: “Don’t try to be a perfect man in an imperfect world. I like perfection, but I discovered it wasn’t possible."
The former governor, who marks his 70th birthday on Monday, December 16, said his weakness was his attempt to be blunt and make sure that things are perfectly carried out.
In an interview with The Nation, Ajimobi said he learnt that it is impossible to please everybody.
"No matter what you do, you will have friends and you will have enemies. You will have those who like you and those who don’t.
"But I can say that those shortcomings of mine that people perceived were due to my desire to make things perfect. There are things I could have ignored but I felt we should be perfect about things," he said.
He said he further realised that people do not like anyone who is honest and blunt.
"But my weakness is that I can’t control my being blunt. That summarises it because there are things I should have left but because I wanted perfection, I dabbled into them," he said, adding that these are what people held against him.
On the controversies that surrounded the issues he had with the Olubadan, he said it was because he wanted to make things right.
He, however, insisted that he had not done any wrong in trying to decentralise the traditional institution in the Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.
"But at my age and level, I must keep certain secrets, otherwise I could give you names of all the people that approached me. As a leader, you take the plus and minuses," he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Ajimobi said his administration had the best debt profile in the country.
Ajimobi told newsmen on Sunday, August 11 at his Ibadan residence after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers, that the state was not among the first 10 states in a list published by the Debt Management Office.
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