Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is the worst leader Nigeria has had since its independence in 1960.
Kalu who spoke at an annual lecture organised by the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka on Tuesday, said “Obasanjo is the worst President Nigeria has ever produced since our independence. Instead of generating employment opportunities, he was busy closing down peoples businesses.
“He closed down Hallmark Bank and Slok Air that would have provided so many employment opportunities for our youth.”
The former Abia State governor said the closure of Hallmark Bank where he (Kalu) had significant stake and Slok Air, were efforts deployed by Obasanjo to deal with him.
He said that the former President’s action on Hallmark Bank and Slok Air slowed down the employment opportunities he (Kalu) would have created for Nigerians.
Kalu, however, enjoined the federal and state governments to initiate entrepreneurship programmes that would help achieve economic development.
The former governor said that to achieve meaningful development, governments at all levels must empower the youths.
He observed that economic development was a major criterion for national development, adding that “If there is no economic stability in the world, there will be no political stability,” Kalu said.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Barth Okolo, said that the inaugural lecture was for soul-searching, as its theme touched on the well-being of every one present at the occasion.