Former President Olusegun Obasanjo toda in Ibadan took the younger generation of leaders in the country to the cleaners , lashing them for poor performance record in terms of integrity and probity.
He said this as the Keynote Speaker at the 4th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit organized by Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan in collaboration with African Sustainable Development Network.
He lamented that It is sad that after 53years of independence Nigeria has no leader that can be commended urging those criticizing to do so with caution
The former president while responding to issues of poor leadership in Africa, said the crop of younger generation of leaders in the country failed the citizens.
He made specific references to his Vice, Atiku Abubakar; former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Salisu Buhari; former Bayelsa State governor, Deprieye Alamesiegha and others as younger generation of leader who failed the country.
He said during his administration as president there were leaders who were under 50 years such as James Ibori, Alamesiegha, Lucky Igbinedion, saying they failed the nation
Obasanjo said the youngest was the Speaker, Salisu Buhari, recalling the scam
The former president the APC leader Bola Tinubu was worst than what Salisu Buhari did.
"We got them impeached. But in this part of the world some people covered up the other man. The man claimed he went to Government College, Ibadan but the governor (Oyo State) went to Government College and packed all the documents so that they would not know that he did not go there. I wanted someone who would succeed me so I took Atiku. Within a year, I started seeing the type of man Atiku is. And you want me to get him there?
Obasanjo said the young leaders would claim they have one house while their five year old sons and daughters would have houses all over.
"Some of you who are condemning the leadership would get there tomorrow and it will be a different story. Only very few are actually good. "Abacha, my predecessor got $750m. Through our lawyer in Switzerland we recovered $1.25bn and the lawyer still said there is probably still another $1bn to be recovered. In 1979 we had 20 new ships specially built for Nigeria. When I came back 20 years after, the national shipping line had liquidated.