Tunde Bakare, the serving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly (LRA), says Former president Obasanjo assembled arguably the most competent team by any government in Nigeria’s history till date but left a lame, limping legacy.
He said Obasanjo could have given priority to this team rather than hand Nigeria over to a legacy of lame and limping successor governments that first sunk Nigeria into a constitutional crisis.
“Between May 1999 and March 2007, Nigeria’s external reserves compounded from 4.98 billion dollars to 59.37 billion dollars,” he said.
“Aside opportunistic factors such as the oil windfall, these results were the outcome of astute economic management by an economic team comprised of the likes of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Dr. Charles Chukwuma Soludo and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, among others.
“That economic team was arguably the most competent ever assembled by any government in Nigeria’s history till date. Credit must be given to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for assembling that team.”
“One would have thought that this brilliant team that oversaw the Nigerian dimension of ‘Africa Rising’ would be given priority in the succession plan of then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“Instead, after a botched third term agenda, the Obasanjo administration bequeathed to Nigeria a legacy of lame and limping successor governments that first sunk Nigeria into a constitutional crisis and then oversaw the plundering of the nation’s wealth in a free-for-all corruption jamboree.”
Pastor Bakare was also awarded a fellowship of African Centre for Research, Policy and Development, UK on his visit the Australian and the Scottish Parliament.