Jerry Rawlings believed in Nigeria, not its greedy politicians, says Obanikoro

Jerry Rawlings believed in Nigeria, not its greedy politicians, says Obanikoro

- Late Jerry Rawlings was a true believer in Nigeria's capacity to lead Africa on all fronts

- This was the view of Musliu Obanikoro, a former Nigerian high commissioner to Ghana

- Obanikoro said Rawlings, however, hated the fact many Nigerian leaders were and are greedy

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Musiliu Obanikoro, an All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos and former Nigerian high commissioner to Ghana, has revealed some of the misgivings of late Jerry Rawlings about the leadership in Nigeria.

According to Obanikoro on Arise TV on Monday, November 16, although Rawlings had high hopes that Nigeria will lead Africa to the global limelight, the former Ghanaian president was about the fact the politicians in the country are greedy.

Obanikoro recalled a conversation he had with Rawlings on the state of Nigeria as a respected nation and mentioned how the Ghanaian leader was hurt to know that despite the country's human, material and mineral resources, it is still way behind in the continent.

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Jerry Rawlings believed in Nigeria, not its greedy politicians, says Obanikoro

Obanikoro said Jerry Rawlings believed in Nigeria, not its greedy politicians (Photo: The Cable)
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Sharing the talk with journalists, the APC bigwig said:

“He said we Nigerians are a disappointment to the black race, that there is no doubt in his mind that we have the resources both human and materials to lead the black race to where it should be, but our leaders are more interested in themselves rather than the public good.
“He said look at where we are in Ghana today, that Nigeria should be ten times ahead of Ghana and in fairness to him if you look at the human and material resources at our disposal, there is no doubt that he was speaking the truth.”

Meanwhile, presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, had shared an inspiring video of Rawlings, controlling highway traffic in the West African country.

In the video shared by Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, the late leader was seen directing cars at traffic gridlock.

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