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    Mali’s political crisis could affect Nigeria, Obasanjo warns

Mali’s political crisis could affect Nigeria, Obasanjo warns

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that the current political crisis in Mali could affect Nigeria if care is not taken to end the uprising. In an article he wrote on Thursday, Obasanjo said the crisis also poses grave security risks to West African countries particularly Senegal, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic. Mali has been hit by an uprising following a protest [...]

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    Obasanjo: Mistakes of my administration were not out of selfishness

Obasanjo: Mistakes of my administration were not out of selfishness

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the mistakes of his administration were not out of selfishness. The ex-president served for two terms between 1999 and 2007, and he was military head of state from 1976 to 1979. Obasanjo made the comment in an interview with The Point newspaper, published in the tabloid's Monday edition. He said his administration's mistakes were genuine, and that his [...]

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    Obasanjo ‘turns’ bouncer, locks out mourners at mother-in-law’s burial

Obasanjo ‘turns’ bouncer, locks out mourners at mother-in-law’s burial

There was drama at the burial of Florence Adenenenken, mother-in-law of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, as he locked out some mourners during the service held for the deceased at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Diocese of Remo, Isara Remo, Ogun state, on Friday. The deceased, who died in April, was the mother of Obasanjo's wife, Bola. Bola was reportedly absent at the ceremony. She [...]

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    Obasanjo: Nigeria won’t make any progress if not restructured

Obasanjo: Nigeria won’t make any progress if not restructured

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria will not make any progress if the country is not restructured. Obasanjo, who spoke on Friday at the year’s edition of the Sobo Sowemimo annual lecture organised by Abeokuta Club, said insecurity is one issue common to all regions and no part of the country is safe from the menace. He said the way forward is restructuring, [...]

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    14 ex-presidents back Adesina, warn against distracting AfDB

14 ex-presidents back Adesina, warn against distracting AfDB

A coalition of 14 former African presidents and a prime minister, totalling 15, have urged the US government to respect the governing systems of the African Development Bank (AfDB). In a statement on Friday, the leaders said the bank and its president, Akinwumi Adesina, should not be distracted at a time when the continent is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders -- [...]

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    ‘US has belittled AfDB’ — Obasanjo, Zainab Ahmed write board

‘US has belittled AfDB’ — Obasanjo, Zainab Ahmed write board

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, have urged the board of the African Development Bank to ignore calls for an independent investigation of Akinwumi Adesina by the US. Adesina, who is the president of the AfDB, was accused of favouritism and has been absolved of the allegations by the bank's ethics committee. In [...]

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    Amaechi: I wish I was as disciplined as Buhari

Amaechi: I wish I was as disciplined as Buhari

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has expressed admiration for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he wished he had his level of self-control. According to him, not many leaders can resist the urge to regularly respond to negative criticism as Buhari. He said this in an interview with The Punch, during which he said his role models in politics are Peter Odili, Rufus Ada-George [...]

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    COVID-19: Obasanjo, Okonjo-Iweala demand $44bn debt relief for Africa

COVID-19: Obasanjo, Okonjo-Iweala demand $44bn debt relief for Africa

World leaders, including Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former managing director of the World Bank, have asked the G-20 countries for a $44 billion debt relief for African countries to tackle the novel coronavirus. The duo joined over 100 world leaders in demanding "immediate internationally coordinated action–within the next few days–to address our deepening global health and economic [...]

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    Obasanjo donates former residence as isolation centre

Obasanjo donates former residence as isolation centre

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has donated his former residence at the presidential hilltop, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, to be used as isolation centre for the coronavirus pandemic. Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo's media aide, announced this in a statement on Friday. The facility, located off the Presidential Boulevard, Oke Sari, Abeokuta, has 32 rooms en suite, with a standby generator. He said the 32-room facility [...]

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    EXTRA: I learnt ‘419 tactics’ in prison, says Obasanjo

EXTRA: I learnt ‘419 tactics’ in prison, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he learnt the art of fraud, also known as "419" in Nigeria parlance, while in prison. In 1995, Sani Abacha, former head of state, had sentenced Obasanjo to 30 years in prison, but the former president was released in 1998. In an interview with New Telegraph, Obasanjo said while in prison, he called those involved in the [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Inside details of Bagudu’s $155m settlement deal with the FG

EXCLUSIVE: Inside details of Bagudu’s $155m settlement deal with the FG

Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi state and former senator, has been in the news lately over plans by the US to help Nigeria repatriate $308 million from the British Island of Jersey. The funds are part of the billions of dollars traced to Sani Abacha, the late military dictator who ruled Nigeria from November 1993 till his sudden death in [...]

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    Restructuring must be addressed now, says Obasanjo

Restructuring must be addressed now, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the country must address the issue of restructuring in order to prevent a serious problem. Obasanjo said this at the first memorial lecture Fredrick Fasehun, founder Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), in Lagos state, on Saturday. The elder statesman, who added that the country could not afford another war, said he would keep fighting for the country until [...]

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    ‘You contributed to the liberalisation of Nigeria’s economy’ — Obasanjo hails el-Rufai at 60

‘You contributed to the liberalisation of Nigeria’s economy’ — Obasanjo hails el-Rufai at 60

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, made a success of the privatisation programme his administration undertook.  From November 1999 to July 2003, el-Rufai worked under Obasanjo as director-general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and the secretary of the National Council of Privatisation where he spearheaded the privatisation of many government-owned companies. In a message to commemorate [...]

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    Farida Waziri: We knew Obasanjo was innocent of 1995 coup allegations

Farida Waziri: We knew Obasanjo was innocent of 1995 coup allegations

Farida Waziri, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says Olusegun Obasanjo and Shehu Musa Yar’Adua were unjustly jailed for the 1995 coup. She said while Obasanjo, who had served as head of state, was perceived as not being guilty, Yar’Adua, a former chief of staff, supreme military council, was falsely charged for treason. TheNation quoted Waziri as saying [...]

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    El-Rufai is a good learner, says Obasanjo

El-Rufai is a good learner, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, as one of the best persons to work with. Obasanjo spoke when he paid a private visit to the governor at the government house, Kaduna, on Wednesday. El-Rufai served in the eight-year administration of Obasanjo, first as director-general, Bureau of  Public Enterprises (BPE) and later as minister for federal capital [...]

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