It appears former President Olusegun Obasanjo has given up on talking about the many troubles bedevilling the nation as he regretted the fact that he has been abused in some quarters each time he proffers a solution.
The former President, who spoke to newsmen shortly after he paid a courtesy visit on Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State in Benin yesterday, explained that his mission in Benin was to honour the late former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Dr. Abel Guobadia, whom according to him, contributed immensely to the growth of democracy in the country.
Chief Obasanjo, who was asked to comment on the problems of corruption and insecurity said: “I have flogged the issue of corruption internally and externally. I have flogged it every day, some people go along with me, and they agree that it is a problem that we must face squarely. Some people abuse me.
“But the point is that when you have a problem and you attempt to cover it, you are not solving the problem, rather, you are complicating the problem. Even the problem of security, I have been discussing it. I have gone on a fact finding mission. I have found out what is there and what is not there. I had talked, and talked. I have nothing more to add.”
In veiled reference to the poor performance of former governors of the state, Obasanjo commended the monumental achievement of Governor Oshiomhole saying, “Before you came, they ran the state aground, but today, you have ran it up. I am happy with your achievements today. Formerly, you used to be radically but today, you are facing realism. But frankly speaking, you have not disappointed us.”
In his response, Oshiomhole commended the former president for visiting the state adding that he had learnt lessons from him as a leader which he found valuable in running the state.