Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the reelection of Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Obasanjo made the commendation two days after he hit Buhari, saying Nigeria under him is drifting towards a failed state.
But speaking when the leadership of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) paid him a courtesy call in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Monday, Obasanjo said Buhari did well with the support to Adesina.
He also thanked some past and present African leaders for their supports during the election period.
“I must commend the Federal government for the support given to him to get this second term ticket. You know that the former President, Goodluck Jonathan recommended him before this new government came on board. The government could have rejected him. So, I must commend the President for supporting him all through,” Obasanjo said.
“Also, let me acknowledged and commended some of my colleagues, the 14 former Presidents in Africa for joining me immediately I drew their attentions to it. Some present Presidents also deserved commendations too.”
Speaking further, Obasanjo said education played a vital role in Adesina’s success and that of other Nigerians doing the country proud in their different endeavours.
He emphasised the importance of education, saying “if Adesina had not gone to school, no matter the innate ability God might have given him, he would not have got to where he is today.”
This, he said, is more reason why the government has to make more effort’s to give the country’s out-of-school children education.
“So, the first thing is how do we get the about 14m children, who are out of school now back to school. 14m children who should have been in school, undergoing education training that will make them to contribute to the development of the country in the near future,” he said.
“It is having good education, that will make them a good product to market in the global world like Adesina. Not only him, we have several like him, including the AFRISM President, Dr. Oramah.”