FORMER President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, says he will not keep his mouth shut whenever he sees things going wrong in the country.
Obasanjo said this on Friday (16/02/2018) while inaugurating projects, especially in the health sector, initiated and completed by the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson in the State.
The former President, in a special interactive session with pupils of the famous Ijaw National Academy (INA) in Kaiama, Kolokuma-Opokuma, said nobody would stop him from speaking if he noticed things were going wrong.
“Nigeria has great hope because of you; great hope because of what the governor is doing and great hope because I will not keep my mouth shut when I see anything wrong in Nigeria,” he said.
The former president noted that Nigeria would rise above its challenges, disclosing that in his recent trip to Rome, the Nigerian Ambassador there informed him that 1,600 Nigerians were languishing in Italian prisons.
“In spite of our difficulties; I came back from Rome last night. Our Ambassador there, who was a kind man, he was in the Navy; he told me that his major problem is that there are 1,600 Nigerians in Italian prisons. That is a problem.”
The former President also said that despite other qualities a leader should possess, Nigeria was in need of a leader with the fear of God.
“One thing the books on leadership don’t always talk about which I found very important is the fear of God. If you are a leader that fears God, the chances are that you will be a good leader. If you are a leader that doesn’t fear God, forget it”, he said.
Dickson on his part highlighted some of the roles Obasanjo played for the state, including ensuring that an Ijaw man became a Vice-President from where he rose to be the President of the country.
Describing himself as a student of Obasanjo’s school of leadership, Dickson showcased his achievements in health, education and agriculture.
“These things were built for the benefit of our people. In this state, there is democratisation of health care. I believe in fair and just leadership because leaders in the end are also human beings.
“While it is right to expect perfection from leaders, you cannot find perfection in any leader. While we strive towards perfection, what I have found useful in my own little way, is that I always want to convince myself knowing that actions and inactions of leaders have consequences.
“You have to convince yourself that what you are doing or not doing is in the best interest of the people and you remain true to yourself and to God. Let it be said that you did your best. There must be corresponding courage to do what is right”.
Obasanjo also visited former president Goodluck Jonathan in his country home, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
However, details of the visit is yet to be made public as at press time.