2019: Obasanjo Ignores Buhari

By Ikenga Chronicles January 9, 2018

2019: Obasanjo Ignores Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has ignored President Muhammadu Buhari while commending some African leaders during a major speech on leadership at Oxford University.

Obasanjo named three African countries whose leaders, he said, are taking progressive economic measures and recording giant strides in line with the demands of the 21st century.

He specifically cited President Allassane Ouatarra for “focusing on transformative potential in Côte d’Ivoire.”

“Mr. Ouatarra took immediate steps to heal the country following the violence that greeted his election in 2011,” Obasanjo said.

“Mr. Ouatarra changed the narrative to get ahead of the economic curve by posting a double-digit GDP growth, exporting electricity to neighbouring Ghana and Mali and exporting processed versions of Ivory Coast’s rich raw materials and agricultural produce like cocoa, cotton, rubber and palm oil and making his country live with the largest percentage of middle-class market in all of Africa,” Obasanjo told his audience at the Africa Initiative for Governance at Blavatnik School of Government.

“It is not surprising that at the commanding heights of the economies doing well in Africa today are some of the best economic managers who had proven their mettle in major international financial institutions and focused professionals who know their onions,” Obasanjo stated while listing Rwanda and Ethiopia as the two other countries doing well alongside Côte d’Ivoire.

It was not immediately clear why Obasanjo left out Buhari, whom he backed for President during the 2015 elections.